Over 500 residents come to “light up a life” at St Clare Hospice

Charity / Fri 20th Dec 2019 pm31 12:20pm

THROUGHOUT November and December, more than 500 local people have come together to celebrate the lives of friends and loved ones in a series of ‘Light up a Life’ festive, memorial services organised by charity St Clare Hospice.

The West Essex and East Herts hospice hosted seven ‘Light up a Life’ services in the Epping Forest and Harlow districts throughout the festive season. Each unique service offered carols, readings and refreshments to those who attended. Candles were also lit at each service, with every shining light representing the life and memories of a loved one.

The seven events were held in Loughton, Ongar, Waltham Abbey, Epping, and at the Hospice in Hastingwood where three of the annual services took place.

The services at St Clare Hospice were led by Revd Alison Taylor from Potter St Baptist Church. There were readings and prayers from different faith groups, which included a reading from the Quran; a reading of the Mourner’s prayer, a Buddhist reading, and Christmas carols led by Harlow’s Salvation Army band.

Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive of St Clare Hospice, who welcomes visitors to the Light up a Life services at St Clare Hospice, said: “It’s always a great honour for us here at St Clare to be able to offer this wonderful, festive memorial service to local people and families at Christmas-time.

“Christmas can be one of the most difficult times for those who are coping with bereavement,” explains Sarah, “whether their loss was recent or if many years have passed. Our Light up a Life services aim to offer a space for local people to celebrate and remember loved ones, and their lives, in the company of others who understand.”

Sarah added: “We’d like to also say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported St Clare Hospice over the festive period. We can confirm that we have raised £18,000 from donations as part of Light up a Life; vital income that will pay for our care that helps others through the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, as well as their relatives and friends.

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