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Lights of Love: Cheryl's story

Each year Lights of Love offers the opportunity to make a tangible act of remembrance for loved ones no longer with us, in the form of dedicating a star or heart on a Lights of Love tree. Whether your loved one received the care of St Michael’s Hospice or not, young or old, local or further afield, all can be remembered with Lights of Love.

Following the death of her mum, Cheryl and her family joined us at Lights of Love. Here Cheryl shares her story: “The day of the service came and we all felt apprehensive as we didn’t know what to expect. But we needn’t have worried, the atmosphere as soon as we walked in was one of belonging and knowing everybody was there for the same reason was comforting. Lights of Love has now become the beginning of our Christmas; our way of including my mum in what was one of her favourite times of year.

The joining together of people who have loved and lost, yet the sharing of experiences, the smiles across the room through the tears and the understanding of each other’s hurt, pain, love and stories just creates an atmosphere like no other; like you are in a bubble where everyone is there for the same reason and where unless you’ve experienced it, you can’t imagine it. I really would recommend Lights of Love to anyone who has lost a loved one and who has an opportunity to attend one of these services, even if only once.

It gives you a way of including them at Christmas; a time you may be dreading without them, and a chance to meet other people in your shoes. I’ve given my story but come and see for yourself. I promise I was very nervous before attending the first time, but the people, the staff and the volunteers all make you feel so welcome, and if you happen to attend the services at the Hospice itself, I will be there if you need anything.”

Lights of Love stars and hearts are now available to pick up from the Hospice, our shops and participating venues. For more information email us or call 01424 456396. View the full list of locations here.