Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity has announced details of their 2019 Tree of Light commemoration events.
The Charity recognises Christmas can be a very emotional occasion and hosts two Tree of Light events which are open to all, regardless of religion or spirituality, and whether or not your loved one was cared for at the Hospice or elsewhere.
‘The Tree of Light events are designed to give people a space where a part of the season is set aside to remember and reflect on loved ones,’ says Ann Kenny, the Bereavement Support Team Lead at the Hospice. ‘Christmas can often be a time of conflicting emotions, or it can be so busy that those who are grieving can’t find a time to process feelings of sadness which may come to the fore at this time of year.’
This year’s Aylesbury Tree of Light event has moved indoors for 2019 and will take place at Aylesbury High School on Walton Road on Sunday 1 December at 5pm. It will also have a change of format, with more secular readings and music, rather than carols and prayers.
‘We are aware that many of our families are not Christians and may prefer something less religious but still thoughtful and meditative,’ says Vicky James, Events and Community Manager. ‘There are lots of other poems and readings which bring comfort, and beautiful music apart from carols, so we are trying something new to see what people think.’
The Buckingham Tree of Light event will take place on Saturday 14 December from 5pm at St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Castle Street and will retain its more traditional feel, with prayers, readings and carols, so the Charity hopes that there is something for everyone in the two events.
As well as attending the Tree of Light events, you can also sponsor a light in memory of loved ones and write a dedication which will appear in the Books of Honour which can be viewed at the Hospice in December and early January, and at the two Tree of Light events.