St Elizabeth Hospice is inviting the local community to join them this Christmas at a Light up a Life service to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one at this poignant time of year.
Every year, the hospice holds these candlelit services to offer local people the opportunity to reflect on their memories of family, friends and colleagues who are no longer with us.
Light up a Life services are free to attend, suitable for the whole family and open to anyone. They include carols, music, readings and the occasion to light a candle in memory of your loved one.
You can also personalise a St Elizabeth Hospice Special Memories Card, perhaps with a photograph, poem or drawing, to display at the service of your choosing.
This year there will be four Community Light up a Life events held in churches in towns where the local charity provides their vital care, as well as two hospice events at St Elizabeth Hospice in Foxhall Road, Ipswich:
Community Light up a Life service, Sunday 29 November, 4pm
St Michael’s Church, Framlingham
Hospice Light up a Life service led by the hospice chaplain, Friday 11 December, 6pm (ticket only)
St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich
Hospice Light up a Life service led by the hospice chaplain, Saturday 12 December, 4pm (ticket only)
St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich
Community Light up a Life service, Sunday 13 December, 4pm
St Mary Le Tower, Ipswich
Community Light up a Life service, Friday 18 December, 6.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Felixstowe
Community Light up a Life service, Saturday 19 December, 6.30pm
St Peter and St Mary’s Church, Stowmarket
With special guests, the Military Wives Choir
Pauline Donkin of St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, a moment for enjoying being with your family members and loved ones. But it is also a time for reflecting on the lives of loved ones we have lost, remembering these special people and the cherished memories that we hold dear to our hearts.
“The Light up a Life services are open to anyone who would like to come. They don’t have to have been cared for by the hospice and they could just be someone you can’t be with over the Christmas period.
“Every Christmas we hold these events in your local community so everybody can come together and reflect on those memories at this special time of year and we hope you will join us at your nearest service.”
You can turn up on the day of the Community Light up a Life events, but due to limited space, a (free) ticket is required to attend the hospice events.
If you would like to attend a Light up a Life service and to request a Special Memories Card, please call 01473 723600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, there is also the opportunity to dedicate a light in a loved one’s memory online on the hospice’s virtual Christmas Tree please click here.
Your donation will help provide care and support to people in Suffolk this Christmas living with a progressive illness such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure.