Valley Hospice will celebrate "Hospice Sabbath" with special services at area places of worship to memorialize those who have died within the past year from within those congregations as part of National Hospice Month in November.

Area congregations are invited to participate in Valley Hospice's sixth annual "Hospice Sabbath" memorial services on Sunday, Nov. 4. Valley Hospice will provide congregations with memorial service materials that may be utilized or incorporated into their individual worship services, according to Debbie Barto, volunteer coordinator at VH. In addition, bulletin inserts featuring information about Valley Hospice's services will be given to each participating entity.

"Hospice Sunday: memorializes not only those who have been cared for through Valley Hospice, but also anyone who has died during the year, Barto explained. Last year, approximately 18 congregations in eastern Ohio and the northern panhandle of West Virginia participated in Hospice Sunday.

Valley Hospice also will present white silk roses to each family that has lost a loved one during the past year from the participating churches or synagogues, Barto said, adding, "This is our way of showing gratitude to the local churches for their support of Valley Hospice patients and for all they do for them during the year."

Currently, Valley Hospice serves patients in Belmont and Jefferson counties in Ohio and Ohio, Marshall, Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia. Inpatient care is available at the nine-bed Valley Hospice Care Center North at Trinity East Medical Center in Steubenville. The new, $4.9 million free-standing 12-bed "Liza's Place" "Valley Hospice Care Center South is under construction in Ohio County adjacent to Mount St. Joseph. Liza's Place is scheduled to open in 2008.

For further information and to register for materials, contact Barto before October 25 by calling 877-467-7423. Valley Hospice