Dedicate a light and celebrate the memory of your loved ones.

Christmas is almost here for another year and it is during this time that friends and family come together to share this special season. However, it is always difficult when we think of those who unfortunately cannot share it with us. The Hospice would like to give members of our local community the opportunity to remember loved ones this Christmas by dedicating a light on our Christmas tree, in the hope that this may offer you some comfort. The Christmas tree will be brightly lit at the Hospice in Hillington throughout December.

We welcome you to join us at our Light up a Life events to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. Our Book of Remembrance, which will contain the names of those being remembered, will be available to view at the Hospice and at each of our events and you are invited to add messages to it if you wish. You are welcome to bring family and friends with you to the events and you do not have to make a dedication or donation to attend. Our events give you the opportunity to reflect, light a candle and sing Christmas carols. Hot drinks and mince pies will also be available.

The names of those being remembered will also be included in the Order of Service at each of our events. If you cannot attend an event and would like to receive a copy, please let us know and we will happily post a copy to you.  

If you would like to make a dedication and have the names of your loved ones to be included in the Order of Service and Book of Remembrance, please detail their name(s) alongside your donation below. Please note that to allow for printing, we will not be able to guarantee the inclusion of any names after Friday 17th November.

You are welcome to upload photos and memories of those you are remembering this Christmas on this page.

Ian's story

Ian and Lyn before marryingMy wife Lyn came home from hospital to spend her last days and our 40th wedding anniversary with her family. It soon became obvious that I was unable to provide the level of care she required. 

A visiting District Nurse made a phone call and within minutes the Hospice at Home team arrived to the relief of Lyn and myself. They were fabulous and for the few final days Lyn shared with us she would hold up her hand and say "Where are my lovely ladies?"

Following the loss of Lyn I was offered and accepted bereavement counselling from the Hospice which helped me understand the overwhelming emotions and deep state of shock that I was experiencing.

Ian, Lyn and their children

It is now almost three years since I lost my soul mate and our sons, their mother, but our continued contact with the Hospice has helped us grow through our grief and appreciate the incredible support provided by the wonderful people who are The Hospice.

As a family we renew our appreciation of the life that Lyn shared with us by attending the Light up a Life event at the Hospice each Christmas. The lighting of a candle for her helps us remember the light she brought into our lives and how we can never and will never forget her.

We are grateful to East of England Coop Funeral Services for supporting Light up a Life this year.