Hundreds of people gathered around the Peace Hospice Care Christmas tree to fondly remember their lost loved ones in a touching Lights of Love ceremony.
While dedicated lights shone bright, a wall of emotional messages displayed on a Lights of Love board was a reminder of the volume of emotion attached to this annual event and to the Hospice.
Readings, poems, and an occasional song and carol provided time and space to reflect and pay respect to absent friends and family.
'Another Christmas without you. We will always love and miss you,' was just one of the many tender messages that had been written by a caring community member.
'Daddy, thinking of you always. All my love,' was another touching note of reflection.
Richard Randall, who turned on the Lights of Love Christmas tree, gave praise and recognition to the Hospice for looking after his 80 year old aunt.
'I thank the Hospice for the care my aunt received that allowed her to die with such dignity and peace,' he said. 'I continue to support the Hospice and our continued support as a community allows the Hospice to thrive.'
Hospice Director of Fundraising, Ropinder Gill said 'The Hospice cares for many patients and families in South West Herts and this event is an important part of our year. We will continue that support by raising more than £4 million in charitable income a year.'
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