Light up a Life in memory of a loved one
By sophia1980 | Monday, December 10, 2012, 15:12
A series of special services are being arranged by St Peter's Hospice this
December giving family and friends the opportunity to remember their loved
on Tuesday 11 December at Bristol Cathedral, the 'Light up a Life' services will
allow those who come along to reflect and celebrate the lives of someone they
may have lost.
group of seven runners made up of St Peter's Hospice volunteers and staff will
be carrying a torch from the hospice in Brentry to the service at Bristol
Cathedral. The light will then be passed on to a group of four St Peter's
Hospice nurses, who will walk the light down the aisle and begin the event.
at the Bristol Cathedral service will also be treated to a special song
performed by around twenty hospice staff. The song has been composed by music
therapist Jane Lings who asked staff to send in three words describing what the
hospice means to them, which she has incorporated into the lyrics.
the choir will be George Ray from Bradley Stoke, who lost his mum four years
ago at the hospice. Jane helped George with his loss through music therapy.
Bristol Cathedral service will be followed by similar services at the St
Peter's Hospice gardens in Brentry on 15 December, which will also feature a
visit from the Knutty Knitters' Knitivity and a service at the Counterslip Baptist Church
in Whitchurch on 17 December.
Light up a Life services will feature carols, music and readings and everyone
is welcome to join in.
Peter's Hospice community fundraiser Petra Littlefair said: "The weeks before
Christmas are a special time for many, but for some people they can also be the
hardest. The 'Light up a Life' services are a wonderful way to remember someone
and come together with the local community.
who have attended in the past find it an appropriate way to think about their
loss. Many also comment on how comforting they find the services as it
is attended by those who have all gone through similar experiences.
"It's that companionship
which many find a great help and we're looking forward to some very special
events this year."
St Peter's Hospice, which is
adult hospice, also arranges a Book of Remembrance every year, which is blessed
at the Bristol Cathedral service. People can arrange for a loved one's name to
be inscribed in the book, which will be on display at Bristol Cathedral on 11
December and at the hospice from 12 December.
All the past years' Books of
Remembrance are kept in the Sanctuary at the hospice, where people can make an
appointment to view the names of loved ones throughout the year.
Details of the services are
- 5.15pm, Tuesday 11 December at Bristol Cathedral
- 4pm, Saturday 15 December at the St
- 7.30pm, Monday 17 December at Counterslip Baptist Church,
For those who can't make it
to one of the services, the hospice has set up an online 'memory candle' which
can be lit at www.stpetershospice.org