Remember Someone Special With St Catherine’s Hospice Tree Of Light Service

Remember Someone Special With St Catherine’s Hospice Tree Of Light Service

Local residents will be coming together to remember loved ones at Horsham and Billingshurst Tree of Light services on Sunday 3rd and Sunday 10th December. The services will include Christmas carols and readings, and have been jointly organised by the local hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice with local churches.

The Tree of Light offers bereaved family and friends an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s passed and honour someone special by dedicating a star in their memory.

Everyone who attends is invited to place a dedication star on the Tree of Light with an in memory donation for each star encouraged. By dedicating a star, you’re not only remembering the person you love, you’re also helping other people’s loved ones. Your donations allow St Catherine’s to help people to live as well as they can, for as long as they can, giving them chance to spend treasured time with family and friends.

Last year, St Catherine’s cared for around 2,000 people with 80 per cent of them in the comfort of their own homes, including across Horsham and Billingshurst.

Rev Lisa Rainier, Spiritual Care Lead for St Catherine’s, said: “Losing someone close can be one of life’s hardest experiences and Christmas can be an especially difficult and poignant time of year. Traditionally, Christmas is a time to be with family and friends so Tree of Light is a great way to remind those who are bereaved that there are others who understand their feelings of loss. In fact, many people tell me after attending a Tree of Light service they feel more able to appreciate and engage with the spirit of the festive season.”

If you can’t attend the Horsham or Billingshurst Tree of Light services, there are other services taking place across Sussex and Surrey. For full details please visit: www.stch.org.uk/treeoflight

All donations from the service will help St Catherine’s continue to support terminally ill local people and their family and friends when life comes full circle. St Catherine’s is only able to provide the very best end of life care to local people when it’s needed most thanks to the generosity of supporters. Please consider supporting your local hospice with a donation – www.stch.org.uk

For more information on making a donation, or attending a Tree of Light service please contact Semeena Khan at St Catherine’s on 01293 583059 or email: remembering@stch.org.uk