As the nights draw in and the year comes to an end, Christmas can be a special time for sharing memories with loved ones and remembering those that we’ve lost.
Light Up a Life services have proven popular in previous years and St. Margaret’s is keen to welcome anyone who would like to attend the services, regardless of whether a loved one has been cared for at St Margaret’s Hospice or not.
The order of service will include a mixture of Christmas carols and readings and members of the congregation are asked to complete a message to be hung on the Christmas tree at each service.
St. Margaret’s are also encouraging the public to make personal dedications on behalf of a loved one. Dedications can be made via the website for a donation to the Light up a Life appeal. Names of loved ones will be placed in the Book of Remembrance, which will then be available to view in both St. Margaret’s Taunton and Yeovil Hospices throughout 2018.
Ann Lee, Chief Executive at St Margaret’s Hospice, said: “Christmas is always a particularly poignant time of year for those that have loved and lost. Our Light Up a Life services have been popular with people who have benefitted from the hospice for many years and this year we’d like to extend our welcome to the whole community. The services are neither sad nor sombre but a true celebration of life and love.”
Every year St. Margaret’s Hospice cares for over 3,200 local patients and families facing a life-limiting illness through their In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice and Community Team. By supporting the Light Up a Life campaign, St. Margaret’s can continue to provide vital care for patients, families and carers in the community.