Lighting up memories of loved ones

Scores of people turned out for the Light Up A Life Service at the Hospice of St Francis on Sunday.

In recent weeks the Gazette has been publishing people’s dedications to their loved ones and raising awareness about the events, which are one way hospices in the area help bereaved families.

Hospice of St Francis Light Up a Life service 2012.

Hospice of St Francis Light Up a Life service 2012.

Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care based in Tring and The Hospice of St Francis in Northchurch both organise Light Up A Life ceremonies in the run-up to Christmas.

IRGH family support manager Sue Grace said: “The service is lovely in Hemel Hempstead because we do it as part of the Victorian Evening in the old town.

“It’s about 20 minutes where we welcome people, have a reading and then candles are given out.

“Everybody lights there candle and then there’s a quiet moment to remember those who have passed away.”

It’s a formal way of remembering loved ones who have passed away and have had contact with the hospice services in the area.

“People will never know how they will feel,” Sue explained.

“We have nurses on stand by to offer support. The service is a small part in the wide range of support methods we use to help families. It’s special, emotional and very beautiful.”