Anniversaries and special occasions like Christmas are always emotional times especially if you have lost some one. Each year Garden House Hospice Care invite the community to remember a loved one by dedicating and donating a light on the Hospice Christmas tree in their honour, and to attend a service led by the Hospice Spiritual Care team.
On Sunday 4th December, the hospice warmly welcomed over 400 people to this special service held outside in the beautiful garden under the light of the moon. The emphasis of this year's service was the presence of light in the darkness which gives hope and reminds us of the love that goes on and shines on through the years even when people are parted by death.
People coming away from the Service said that it was very meaningful for them.
Louise Moore, Chaplain/Spiritual Care Coordinator said:
“Lights of Life Services have been held at the hospice for more than twenty years. It is wonderful to see so many people come back year after year to remember their loved ones and dedicate lights on the Christmas Tree in memory of them.
The ceremony reminds me of human resilience and strength and of the transcendence of love. The moon shone brightly last night and we felt really blessed by the beauty of the night, as well as by each other’s company”.
The Hospice would like to thank North Herts District Council who donate and erect the Hospice’s Christmas tree every year as well as the Letchworth Town Band for their beautiful accompaniment at the service. Abacus events and the Rotary Club of Letchworth for their support on the day. Benchmark, Letchworth for the loan of dedication tree and The Hospice Choir carol singing after the event. All the volunteers who gave up their time to marshal and help on the stalls. And finally Newlings, Royston, who printed free of charge the orders of service for people to keep afterwards.
It is not too late to dedicate a light on the Hospice tree. Your loved one does not have to have been cared for at Garden House Hospice Care for you to make a donation. You can go to www.ghhospicecare.org.uk to make an on-line donation and every penny raised goes towards patient care this Christmas. The Hospice would like to wish all the people of North Hertfordshire a peaceful and joyous Christmas.