St Nicholas Hospice Care’s seasonal programme of remembrance events will go ahead differently as the charity wants communities to be able to pay their tributes to loved ones.
With the coronavirus pandemic and necessary restrictions changing the way, people can come together, the hospice, which cares for those across West Suffolk and Thetford facing dying, death and grief, has decided to make its series of Light up a Life services virtual.
Offered online as pre-recorded video services, along with an online book of remembrance, the charity hopes that people will still see 2020’s programme as a comforting way to remember their loved ones.
Michael Clark, the hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “Our Light up a Life events are always important dates in the charity’s calendar, and we didn’t want the Coronavirus pandemic to mean a complete cancellation of the services. The services will be different, but we feel they are a safe alternative that will allow people to remember their loved ones.
“Accompanied by music, poetry and a selection of images taken from the communities in which the services would usually take place, the names of those people we miss will be spoken, and we hope that although separated, people will feel a sense of togetherness from knowing others will also be watching.”
In connection with local towns, there will be several services to choose from, and these can be viewed on the hospice’s website from Monday, December 14.
Light up a Life services are open to all, and anyone can ask for their loved one to be remembered by name, and the same is true of the online book. People can do this with or without making a donation, but all funds will be gratefully received.
Michael said: “Life has been far from normal this year, and the need to support those losing and grieving for loved ones has never been greater. We hope as many people as possible will watch our services and share tributes in the online book. If you can support our work through a donation, we’d be most grateful as it will help us be there for others in the future.”
Those who wish for their loved one’s name to be spoken at a service need to share it with the hospice before Monday, December 7.
From December 14, further information on when services will be available to watch will also be shared on the hospice’s website.