Families from across Bedfordshire celebrated the lives of loved ones at a special festive remembrance service on Sunday 8 December.
Held at the Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, the annual Lights of Love event saw guests holding glowing lanterns as they gathered for a poignant service led by the hospice’s Spiritual Care Coordinator, Birgitte Grace.
The service included readings and festive music performed by the Bedford Town Band and singers from the Amici choir were joined by Sue Ryder staff and volunteers for a selection of carols.
The hospice also switched on its Christmas lights, which illuminated several beautiful Christmas trees positioned in the grounds with white sparkling lights.
Guests were also invited to write a message to loved ones who they wished to remember on a dedication star. The stars were displayed on trees of light in the hospice’s memory garden, which was specially lit up with purple, blue, green and white lights.
Hayley Webb, senior community fundraiser at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said, “Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at Lights of Love to let the memories of loved ones shine bright this Christmas; it was a really special evening.
“Thank you also to our sponsor G&H Seamer Funeral Directors for their kind support.
“If you were not able to join us on the night and would like to leave a dedication to a loved one, you can arrange for a dedication at sueryder.org/love.
“Losing a loved one is hard to cope with, especially at this time of year. Our family support team is providing support to people in our hospice’s care over Christmas.
“If you’re finding it hard to cope our Online Community can also help. Visit https://support.sueryder.org/community to share experiences, ask questions and chat to people who understand.”
Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice provides expert palliative care for people living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families. Find out more at: www.sueryder.org/stjohns