St Catherine’s Hospice is welcoming people to remember their loved ones with a poignant Light Up A Life dedication this Christmas.
The grounds of the hospice in Lostock Hall will be shining bright with lights dedicated to lost loved ones over the festive period.
Names will be entered into an online remembrance book, and a virtual Light Up A Life dedication evening will be held on Facebook on December 1, and will be available to view on the hospice’s website.
Lorraine Charlesworth, director of community and income, explains how important the event is to local people as a chance to remember those who are no longer with us:
“We know Light Up A Life means so much to our supporters; it’s a special opportunity to pay tribute to those we have lost in a very meaningful way. Dedications are welcome in memory of anyone, not only those who have been cared for by the hospice.
“The lights will shine brightly throughout December and January to symbolise the lives of those we are remembering.”
Light Up A Life is a yearly hospice event that usually involves a lights switch-on to start it, this year it will be a virtual event but people are still welcome to visit the grounds and see the lights after they are turned on:
“Sadly we can’t all be together for our usual lights switch-on event in the hospice grounds as usual, but we want people to know that they are not alone in their grief, and we want to connect our communities in new ways whilst protecting everyone’s safety.
“We are hosting a virtual dedication evening on Facebook on December 1 which we hope will provide comfort and solace for people, which will also be available to view on our website. Supporters are welcome to visit our gardens after this throughout December and January to see the lights, and to take a moment to reflect.
Lorriane believes Light Up A Life 2020 could be even more significant than ever before due to the families which are grieving from family members lost due to the Coronavirus Pandemic:
“This year has been very difficult for everyone and we’ve really missed being able to welcome families into our grounds for special occasions like this. It has been especially hard for those whose loved ones have died during the pandemic because we haven’t been able to grieve or seek support in the usual ways. Our thoughts are with everyone living with bereavement during these challenging times.
“It’s perhaps more important than ever before that we try to support each other and take a moment to remember and celebrate our loved ones, and reach out to those who are suffering.
“Our Support Team is on hand to help those who are grieving and feel isolated, and there are also a number of resources and advice lines available on our website for people to seek further support during the winter months.”
To make a Light Up A Life dedication, visit St. Catherine’s Hospice website here or call 01772 629171. Light Up A Life donations help fund the charity’s specialist care of local people affected by life-shortening illnesses at the hospice and in patients’ homes, as well as the emotional support provided to families and carers.