Traditionally, Christmas is a time for us to celebrate with family and friends, but we know that for those who are bereaved, it’s a time when we miss our loved ones even more. The past eighteen months have been incredibly difficult for each of us. The safety of our community is important to us, so to keep everyone safe and recognise that we all grieve in different ways, Tree of Light was hosted online this year.
Our Chaplain and Lead for Spiritual Support Lisa Rainier streamed live, leading hundreds of you in a collective act of remembrance, together but apart.
Lisa led with readings and lit a candle, inviting everyone to do the same in their own homes, as a symbol of the continuing memory of those we love. The memory stars sent in from our community hung on the trees behind her and around the hospice.
Our own Tree of Light will shine outside the hospice until early January, in memory of those we love who are no longer with us – with names also visible in our 2021 Book of Remembrance*.
Missed it? Watch below at a time that suits you, and remember your loved ones in the way that is right for you and those close to you.
Any additional entries sent in before the end of December will be updated and posted to the book to view in January 2022.
“I’d encourage you to join us in whatever way feels most meaningful to you. You might want to light a candle and snuggle up with a warm drink, or have a favourite photograph or keepsake to hand. You could invite family and friends to watch with you from their own homes, wherever they are. Whatever you choose, please take this special time to remember and reflect on your precious memories knowing that many others are doing the same.”
Chaplain and Lead for Spiritual Support