Published on June 10, 2021

Ozarks Healthcare to host Remembrance Ceremony at Missouri State University-West Plains

Ozarks Healthcare will host a Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, June 19, at the Missouri State University – West Plains (MSU-WP) Amphitheater to help bring closure for those who experienced loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony is open to anyone who lost a loved one during a time when grieving together was difficult.

“Due to safety concerns during the height of COVID-19, many of us were not able to gather with family and friends to say ‘goodbye’ and celebrate the lives of our loved ones,” Mike Parrott, Ozarks Healthcare Chaplain Coordinator, said. “We hope this ceremony will help those in our community needing closure to find comfort and peace as we honor the lives and memories of friends, family, and neighbors.”

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on June 19 outdoors at the MSU – WP Amphitheater, which is located just west of the Smith-London Centennial Bell Tower between Franklin and Pennsylvania Avenues in West Plains. The ceremony will include music from Marty and Patty Elmore, keynote speakers, and an opportunity to honor the life of a loved one with a special memorial on the grounds of MSU – WP. Grief counselors, hospice representatives, and the Ozarks Healthcare Chaplains will be onsite to consult, visit, and pray with anyone who wishes to take part.   

For more information, please call 417-256-9111 ext. 3351.

Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

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