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Lights of Love Service a chance to remember

A service remembering loved ones who have died has been held at Earl Mountbatten Hospice (Sunday 4 December 2016). 

The annual Lights of Love Service saw nearly 300 members of the community gathering together in a marquee in the grounds of the Newport building.

The event included readings from Community Clinical Nurse Specialists and volunteers, and prayers led by Hospice Chaplain Rev Janet Hallam. Carols were sung with accompaniment from the Salvation Army Band, Summerfields Primary School choir performed a song about the lighting of candles, and the Hospice Christmas Tree was lit for the first time.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, addressed the gathering by saying that he hoped the service would also be a time for celebration: “Although important to take time to reflect on memories past, I hope that part of the experience will be a celebration of lives well lived, of wisdom imparted and healthy influence well received. I hope that we can be thankful and remember with love, and create new memories here at the hospice. I would like to personally wish everyone a peaceful Christmas, and a vibrant and dynamic New Year.”
Afterwards, those attending the service were invited in to the warm of the John Cheverton Centre for refreshments and to hang memorial decorations on the Christmas Tree in the chapel. The hospice is grateful for the support of all those who organised the event, and those who donated their time and services, including Shide Trees, Island Roads, The Salvation Army Band, Coast and Country, Groundsells, HSS and DTM ltd, Summerfields Primary School choir and our own hospice volunteers. 

Meanwhile, a service at Newport Minister earlier in the week (Friday 2 December) was another chance for people to remember those who have died at this special time of year. It was also well attended and the church was nearly filled with people taking part in prayers of dedication, hymns, readings and the lighting of candles.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive,concluded: “We are very grateful to all those who are organising a Lights of Love service in their local community, which gives everyone wherever they are the opportunity to seek comfort in the solidarity of others at this special time of year. These services offer a time of reflection and pause, where we remember the people that have meant so much to us throughout the years.”

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Wendy Young, patient