Lighting memories

PUBLISHED: 11:08 01 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:23 20 February 2013

Lighting memories

Lighting memories

December is an important part of the calendar for local hospices which bring people together to remember loved ones who have died by lighting a candle for them. Each hospice holds its own special event to remember...

Light Up A Life

Hospice of St Francis

Every year at the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted, a tree in the beautiful garden setting is covered in sparkling, flickering lights, each one dedicated to the memory of a loved one who has died.

Families, children, young and old all gather in the dusk to take a moment together, watching the lights.

Alex Mackenzie, from St Albans, whose mother Daphne was cared for at the hospice came to her first Light Up A Life event last year.

Alex says, We looked forward to coming back with the grandchildren and spending time thinking about mum. The hospice had helped us cope and it brought back memories, but good ones. Our specialist nurses helped Dad cope at home, the kids spent time creating special memories of her time at the hospice with the supportive care team and we found space just to be together calmly. Mum died at home, where she wanted to be. Well be there this year, with our lights dedicated to her just quietly telling her how much we miss her, how much we love her.

Join them: The event takes place at the Hospice of St Francis on Sunday, December 4. Park at Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted and free transport will be provided to the hospice, plus refreshments.

More information: 01442 869555 or

Lights of Love

The Peace Hospice

The Peace Hospice in Watford will soon be reflecting on the year gone by with their annual Lights of Love ceremony. This event has become an important date in many peoples diaries. The Hospice recognises that the start of the festive season can be an emotional time and they invite you to hang a light on their tree in memory of someone special to you.

The hospice is hosting two events with refreshments available at both venues plus a wide range of festive merchandise and Christmas cards sold in aid of the Hospice.

Join them: The first event takes place in the Peace Hospice grounds at Peace Drive, Watford, at 8pm on Wednesday, December 7 with a second ceremony at 6.30pm on Sunday, December 11 at Borehamwood Football Club, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood.

More information: 01923 330330 or

Light Up A Life

Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care

Clare, one of the hospices nurses, cared for Davids wife, Anne, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to the Iain Rennie Grove House 24/7 on-call nursing service, David and Anne had support and access to specialist nursing care whenever they needed it which gave Anne the choice to spend her final days at home.

Clare attended Annes funeral and kept in touch with David, making sure he had the support he needed. She suggested he might like to attend one of the Light Up A Life services and now David is a regular at many of the annual services.

David says, It was a huge comfort to come to the service before Christmas, which is always a difficult time since Anne died. Now I attend at least one service every year and really appreciate the quality time with my memories of Anne.

Light Up A Life is comforting and another link to Anne. The fact that Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care organise the event is a powerful message: our loved ones are not forgotten.

Join them: Iain Rennie Grove House will be holding a service on Sunday, December 18 in St Albans at 4pm with carol singing as part of the Mayors Carol Concert outside Alban Arena. Services are also being held in Hemel Hempstead on November 19 and Tring on November 20.

More information: 01442 890222 or

Lights of Love

Isabel Hospice

The annual Isabel Hospice Lights of Love ceremonies of remembrance will be taking place throughout November and December in eastern Hertfordshire.

Each ceremony, organised by the Welwyn Garden City-based hospice, is attended by hundreds of families where they can take away a small silver star to hang on their Christmas trees at home and view the names of their loved one in the Book of Love.

There is a short service of remembrance, carol singing and a countdown to the lighting of the tree where each light symbolises a remembered loved one.

Join them: Ceremonies take place in Buntingford on Friday, December 2 at 6pm; Bishops Stortford on Friday, December 2 at 5pm; Sawbridgeworth on Saturday, December 3 at 4pm; Hertford on Saturday, December 10 at 4pm; and Cheshunt on Saturday, December 10 at 4pm. Services are also being held in Ware and Welwyn Garden City on November 19 and Hatfield on November 26.

More information: 01707 382500 or

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