Residents will be remembering loved ones at Tree of Light services in Crawley and Horley on Sunday December 6.
At 3pm hundreds of bereaved friends and relatives are expected to come to the K2 Crawley to honour people who have touched their lives who but are no longer with them.
At 5pm, there will also be a smaller service at St Bartholomew’s Church in Church Road, Horley.
The events, organised by St Catherine’s Hospice, which will include Christmas carols and hot drinks served afterwards.
Everyone who attends is invited to write a message and dedicate a special star to their loved one, and place it on the Tree of Light, in return for a donation to the hospice. There will also be a Book of Remembrance.
The event is open to everyone in the community, regardless of whether you have had a relative cared for by St Catherine’s. The Tree of Light service is an example of St Catherine’s mission as a hospice to support all those facing death and bereavement across Sussex and Surrey.
Amongst the 2,000 local people cared for by St Catherine’s last year, there were 573 patient referrals from Crawley and 80 per cent of all hospice patients received care in their own homes, including in Crawley.
Rev Lisa Rainier, spiritual care leader for St Catherine’s, said: “Last year we were delighted to welcome 900 people to the Tree of Light service at K2. This is a really valuable opportunity for people in Crawley to honour the memory of their loved ones at this time of the year. At St Catherine’s we know how important it is to have a strong support network when experiencing loss and grief, and for this reason we offer support to bereaved relatives and friends through one-to-one counselling and bereavement groups.”
Donations made at the service will help St Catherine’s to continue to support patients and their family and friends facing a terminal diagnosis. Every donation helps; £35 could help pay for a patient’s essential medical supplies, whilst £50 could provide counselling for a grieving child.
If you cannot Sunday’s events, there are also other services taking place across Sussex and East Surrey that are also open to everyone in the community. One of those is on Sunday December 13, 4pm at Crawley United Reformed Church in Pound Hill.
For further information on the Tree of Light, go to www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/stchtreeoflight or call Zoe Dolding, Individual Giving Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s, on 01293 447374.
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