At St Margaret’s, Christmas is about creating special memories with the people we love the most. But we also know that this time of year can feel daunting, especially if you’ve lost a loved one.
Light up a Life is our annual community-wide celebration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Each year, we gather at Christmas time to remember the precious moments we were so glad to have with them.
Join us this winter to celebrate the people you cherish and dedicate a star in their memory. Read on for further details of how to make your dedication and support local patients and families this Christmas.
Watch our special Light up a Life event online
We hope this event brings you comfort, reflecting on the joy that your loved ones brought to your life. Our online Light up a Life sevice features readings, songs and thoughts from hospice staff and supporters.
This recording will be available to view any time after the event too – so you can watch again or share it with others who might like to watch it.
“I lost my great uncle unexpectedly to a short illness and was unable to attend his funeral. Living in Bristol, he was not under the care of St Margaret’s Hospice, but watching their Light up a Life event last December was a really meaningful way for me to celebrate his life and comes to terms with his death in my own way. I will be watching their Light up a Life event again this year with my family, to remember all of those we have lost in the past.”
Light up a Life supporter, Molly
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Mark’s wife, Julie, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2021. Mark cared for Julie at home, along with the help of their children and St Margaret’s community team. When her condition got worse, Julie went into the hospice for additional care. Mark shares how St Margaret’s helped Julie and their family to make this difficult time more bearable, so that they could focus on making the most of the time they had together.
Click here to read Mark and Julie's story.