“I was dreading the first Christmas without Pam. After 45 years together I knew it was going to be difficult.”
These are the words of Pat Johnston who was facing Christmas alone for the first time following the death of Pam, his wife of 45 years. He found that our Light up Life remembrance service was the perfect way to remember her.
“I knew it was going to be emotional but I hadn’t expected to feel it quite so intensely in the church. What was quite wonderful and totally unexpected though, was that I felt someone’s hand over mine. The stranger next to me understood exactly how I was feeling and that support and sense of shared understanding was so welcome. At the end of the service another stranger came up to me quite out of the blue and said that I looked like I could do with a hug, and they hugged me there and then. I didn’t get their name and I’ve never seen them since that day but that small gesture of support and understanding was truly wonderful. Being part of a shared community of others who were all at the service for similar reasons was a huge comfort.”
Pat has been donating to Light up a Life in Pam’s memory and has attended Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Light up a Life service in Hexham every year since she died.
If, like Pat, you would like to remember your loved one this Christmas time Tynedale Hospice at Home invites you to join us in this time of remembrance by taking part in Light up a Life.
Here’s how you can get involved:
By dedicating a light
Remember someone special by making a donation to our Hospice. In return, you will receive a card with your loved one’s name inside and a memory star to write your own message on. This can be brought to one of our three dedicated Light up a Life services or it can be used to hang on your own Christmas tree at home. Every donation will represent a light on our Christmas tree which will be switched on at each of the services. Your donation will change lives, ensuring we can continue to provide our palliative nursing care to people in their own homes, our Family Support and Hospital Transport Service to people that need them.
To make a donation email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By attending one of our remembrance services
We are hosting three special Light up a Life Services where you can light a candle in memory of those that you treasure.
Our services are family-friendly and open to all faiths. They will include hymns, a readings, prayers and time for quiet reflection. These services are open to anyone whether or not you have made a donation to Light up a Life – and you don’t have to have been touched by our Hospice care to attend.
The Light up a Life services are taking place at:
Prudhoe Methodist Church – Saturday, 25 November at 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Ponteland – Sunday, 26 November at 4pm
Hexham Abbey – Saturday, 2 December at 3pm
To find out more about Light up a Life, please call the Fundraising team on 01434 606 444 or visit our website.