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Hundreds of people have gathered to remember their loved ones at a Christmas service outside Lichfield Cathedral.

The Light Up A Life event on Sunday (8th December) was organised by St Giles Hospice.

People were able to dedicate a light on the Christmas tree to a loved on and add a personal message in a book of memories.

St Giles Hospice director of fundraising Elinor Eustace said:

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A visitor adding a glow stick to the tree at the Light Up A Life service

“Christmas is an emotional time when people particularly feel the loss of family and friends who have died and want to reflect upon the experiences they shared.

“Light Up a Life gives families and friends the opportunity to come together for a moment of peacefulness, to remember happy times.

“Our Light Up a Life services, which are held throughout the St Giles catchment area, are always very special occasions for people who want to commemorate their loved ones at this time of year.

“Lichfield Cathedral is a magical setting for what is always a really touching occasion.”    

Elinor Eustace, St Giles Hospice

The book of memories will be available to view in St Giles hospices throughout 2020.


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One reply on “Hundreds remember loved ones at St Giles Hospice service outside Lichfield Cathedral”

  1. I was disappointed with the reading given by Rev Robert Bates, the subject being Harry Potter, I felt this was inappropriate for such a special and emotional time. My family and I attend this service every year and this is the first time we came away let down.

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