'I will never forget you dear mum and I love you always.' Those were just one of the hundreds of touching messages hung on the Peace Hospice Care Lights of Love tree on Wednesday December 4th in the annual ceremony of reflection and remembrance.
‘I will never forget you dear mum and I love you always.' That was just one of the hundreds of touching messages hung on Peace Hospice Care's Lights of Love tree on Wednesday December 4th in the annual ceremony of reflection and remembrance.
Hundreds of people had gathered in the cold night air for this year’s Lights of Love event. They took comfort from being together, writing their messages, joining in with hymns and taking time to dedicate a light to a loved one.
Hospice ~Spiritual Care co-ordinator Lynn Bassett, welcomed the community and her strong comforting words stirred hearts and memories as the evening unfolded.
Carols, readings and a powerful rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', sung by Charlie Smith, prompted the switching on of the Peace Hospice Lights of Love tree.
Stepping forward with pride to light up the tree and warm the hearts of the crowd was 11 year old Caithlin O’Brien from Bushey whose mum Maria had died at the Hospice in February 2013.
Caithlin’s family stood close by remembering Maria and also taking time to remember Maria’s mum who lost her life to cancer in October 2012.
Around them, standing shoulder to shoulder, many other families reflected on the loss of their loved ones.
Hospice Director of Patient Services, Jackie Tritton gave the crowd further time and opportunity to reflect with her ‘Miss You’ reading, and Director of Fundraising Tony Feasey delivered strong words that reminded the community that ‘loved ones live in your heart’.
Hospice Community Fundraising Manager Gill Crowson commented on the emotional evening.
'Lights of Love has become an important event, not just to those people that have had direct experience of Hospice services, but to the local community as a whole. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking everyone who has helped to make Lights of Love happen this evening. This event is important to so many people.’
For Jane Williams and her mum Jane Parker, Lights of Love is part of their annual calendar. It takes place at a particularly significant time.
‘My dad Graham lost his life here at the Hospice on December 17th two years ago when the Hospice were getting prepared for Lights of Love,’ said Jane.
‘My dad was looked after so well at the Hospice. I won’t ever forget the care he received. And I won’t ever forget him. Coming here to the Lights of Love is a great comfort. I remember when my dad was here, there was a Christmas tree being put up in the Hospice and my dad could see it in his room. I came here tonight to remember him.’
Like Jane, many others came to dedicate a light and take comfort from the evening and the support received from Peace Hospice Care.
The Lights of Love will continue to shine bright over the festive season.
The community are welcome to add their symbolic light and message to the tree or to add a light and dedication to our online Tree of Remembrance in memory or in honour of your loved one.
Peace Hospice Care thanks the support of West Watford Golf Society, Amie Bone Flowers, Smiths Coffee Company and Marks & Spencer Watford for supporting our Lights of Love events.
A Lights of Love ceremony will take place in Potters Bar Thursday December 5 at United Reformed Church. 6.30pm. There will be a third Lights of Love on Monday December 9 at Mops and Brooms Restaurant, Borehamwood.
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