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Special events to remember loved ones in 2019

A special message from our Spiritual Care Lead, Jo Hurst, as we approach the festive period.

“As the nights begin to draw in, and the temperature starts to cool, here at the hospice we know that this signals the beginning of the Light Up a Life season. For those of us who work in the hospice, it is part of our rhythm of life, and an important one at that.

I know for many of you who read this it will be a significant time of year for you too. It can at times be painful as we notice the twinkly fairy lights in the shops and hear the carols overhead as we scour the supermarket aisles for a festive bargain. All the pretty sparkles and harmonies can serve to remind us that we will not be sharing Christmas and the festivities with our loved ones.

One of the reasons for having our Light Up a Life events is so that people can come together to mark this important season. It’s also a time where we can both acknowledge our loss and also remember the joys we shared with our loved ones. Part of the beauty of these events is that we are surrounded by others who have walked a similar path and we are reminded that we are not alone in what we are going through. There is such a sense of community, love and support.

For me, I believe these events are significant. They are a way of marking and acknowledging our loss and at the same time celebrating love. A family member of a patient who attended some of last year’s events said this ‘These events have been amazing. I have cried, I have laughed, and I have been able to be honest with myself and not hide away’.

You may have attended many of our events before, for some of you this may be your first time. Perhaps this will be your first Christmas without your loved one, and you are finding it difficult to imagine how these festive days will feel. Perhaps your loved one died years ago, yet the pain may still feel raw. At each event there will be staff and volunteers to talk to if you feel overwhelmed. Wherever and however you find yourself, you are welcome at any of our events.

At each event we will have a Christmas tree and you will have the opportunity to place a bauble to represent your loved one on the tree. After each event the baubles will be taken back to the hospice and displayed in The Fold and reception area, so that you know throughout this season you and your loved ones are remembered.

With all good wishes, Jo”

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw’s 2019 Light Up a Life services will take place at:

St Mary’s Church, Wigton, Sunday 24 November at 3pm
Hospice Grounds, Durdar Road, Carlisle, Sunday 1 December at 4.30pm
Carlisle Cathedral, Friday 6 December at 7.30pm