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.
We’re all approaching this Christmas with a degree of uncertainty, knowing that some things will have to be different – we might not be able to enjoy big get-togethers, visit friends and family or remember the special people we miss in the ways we usually do.
This may feel difficult, but you are not alone.
You are an important part of our St Catherine’s community. As Christmas approaches, we’d like to invite you to take time out and join with others to remember your loved ones at our annual Tree of Light remembrance event.
There will be two services on Sunday 13 December 2020:
4pm – Our community Tree of Light event – a non-religious service of readings, music and reflection for people of all faiths and none. Available live via our St Catherine’s Hospice Facebook page and on this page on our website.
6pm – Tree of Light Church Service – including Christian readings, prayer and reflection, available on this page on our website
“Although we are unable to gather together as we would usually, our time together online will offer the same programme of reflective, non-religious readings, stories and music, which I hope will bring you some measure of support and comfort.
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 the service 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