Loved ones remembered at Light up a Life
08 December 2015
A special atmosphere surrounded the Arthur Rank Hospice on Sunday evening as more than six hundred people gathered to share a moment of quiet reflection and remember loved ones.
Carefully selected readings, prayers and carols ebbed into the evening sky as patients, relatives, friends and work colleagues came together and offered support to those who will be facing a difficult festive period and year ahead.
As hundreds of tiny white lights illuminated the trees over-head, thoughts turned to those no longer with us and towards those who may need our care in the future.
Keith Morrison, Chaplain at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said of the evening:
“Light up a Life provides an important moment of pause, for those who have lost someone dear to them. It is not an easy evening: emotions are deeply felt as we remember those precious to us. What is special is the wonderful sense of community created as we find strength together. The lights, which will now shine into the next year, will brighten the darkest nights of winter as we hold our loved ones in our memories and our hearts.”
This year’s event was especially poignant as it is the last which will be held at the Hospice’s current Mill Road site. Plans to ensure Light up a Life continues to be such a special event when it takes place in 2016 at the Hospice’s new home in Shelford Bottom, are already under consideration.
A short video of the lights being illuminated for those who were unable to attend the evening:
Please note that as the Light up a Life event has now passed, we will be unable to add new dedications to the commemorative booklet. However if you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one between now and the new year
Og Mandino: “As the lights shone out, hope was offered that our loved ones are never forgotten, always in our memories and forever in our hearts.”