Hundreds of people came together to remember their loved ones at a special outdoor Christmas service arranged by St Giles Hospice at Lichfield Cathedral.
More than 900 people attended the annual Light up a Life service in the city on Sunday 9 December. The Light up a Life service offers an opportunity for anyone who has lost someone to remember them and celebrate their life.
St Giles Hospice Director of Fundraising Elinor Eustace said: “Our Light up a Life services are always very special occasions for people who want to commemorate their loved ones in the run-up to Christmas.
“This is traditionally an emotional time when people feel the loss of family and friends who have died and reflect upon the experiences they shared. Light up a Life gives people the opportunity to come together for a moment of peacefulness to remember happy times.
“The Lichfield service was a truly magical and touching occasion and we’d really like to thank the Rev Elizabeth Creswell for leading such a thoughtful service and Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir for their beautiful performance.
“Open air services can be a challenge but John Carver’s technical support ensured that all went well and our hospice trustees Lindsey Williams and Dr Rashi Negi gave us warm words and readings which were appreciated by everybody present.”
People attending the service were able to support the work of St Giles by dedicating a light on a Christmas tree and by leaving the name of their loved one and a personal message in its Book of Memories.
The Light up a Life services are open to anyone to attend, not just those people who have been supported by St Giles.
Services have also been held this month across the St Giles Hospice region, in Aldridge, Burton, Tamworth, Uttoxeter, Four Oaks, Whittington, Sutton Coldfield, Cannock and Walsall.
The Book of Memories will be available to view in St Giles hospices and service locations throughout 2019.