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Kalamazoo nursing home creates memory tree to honor friends, family who died in 2020

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The Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo has created a memory tree to honor friends and family who have died in 2020. (WWMT/Jean Long)

Amid COVID-19 regulations, Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo came up with a creative way to remember all the people they had lost in 2020.

Staff and residents were invited to hang an ornament on a new memory tree. The ornament would be dedicated to a loved one who had died during the year.

Each ornament included two pictures of the person being remembered.

Staff at the nursing home said it was a way to grieve and celebrate those they considered family.

"Our nursing home is a family-run facility. It's been family-owned and operated for 65 years," Jean Long, part of Alamo's admissions and marketing team, said. "Every resident that comes in joins the family. It gave us an opportunity to let the residents and the staff go and share a memory. They can also grieve if they need to over the loss of their friends."

Staff said with so much negativity in 2020, the memory tree was meant to be something positive for people at Alamo Nursing Home.