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Light up a Life at Home

A virtual Christmas celebration
Sunday 6 December 2020

Join in an online service from the comfort of your own home

This year things are a little different and getting together for our annual Light up a Life Celebration event sadly just isn’t possible. The service has been a very special and cherished part of North East families’ calendars for many years now. We know how important the event is for those of us grieving the loss of loved ones and this year, we think it’s importance is greater than ever before.

That’s why we are delighted to announce that we will be holding a virtual service, meaning you can watch from the comfort of your own home. This is an opportunity for even more people to be part of Light up a Life, whether or not they live locally or have a connection to the hospice.

Our Spiritual Care Lead Davina Radford will lead the service, which will include music, song and reflection. The event will culminate with the switch on of our Tree of Lights display outside the Hospice on Regent Avenue, Gosforth. Each light will sparkle in memory of a special person who is loved and not forgotten.

We’ll be broadcasting the short service on Sunday 6th December at 7pm. We would love for you to join us and watch via a link on this page either on the night or later, when it’s convenient for you. There will also be an opportunity for you to join in from home by lighting a candle and placing it in your window, in honour of the loved ones you are remembering.

We hope this will be a way for us all to come together to celebrate life when we can’t be together in person, and that the service will bring you some peace and comfort.

Dedicate a light for your loved one

You can dedicate a light on our Tree of Lights by making a donation to St Oswald’s Hospice in your loved one’s name. We’ll send you a card and star decoration to display at home.

Find out more

Light a candle in your window

As part of our Light up a Life at Home event on Sunday 6th December, we invite you to place and candle in your window and let it shine in memory. It doesn’t matter when your bereavement was or whether you or your loved one have a connection to the hospice – this is simply a way for everyone to come together in remembrance when we can’t be with our friends and families in person.

At 7.15pm precisely, simply place a lighted candle in a window, or, if you have put up your tree, switch on the lights. You might like to place a picture of your loved one next to the light.

Let the light represent the person or people you are remembering. Remember how they were a light in your life. Remember that although they have died, their light continues to burn brightly in your hearts and memories. You might like to ask other members of your family and friends to join you where appropriate, or ask them to light their own lights in their own homes, at the same time.

To show your support and encourage others to take part, please download, print and display this poster in your window too:

Download and print your poster

Tree of lights

A beautiful light installation with a Christmas Tree centrepiece will be displayed outside of St Oswald’s Hospice on Regent Avenue in Gosforth this December. The lights will be switched on as part of the Light up a Life service on Sunday 6th December.

You are welcome to visit the Tree of Lights which will be lit every evening until the end of December. Each light will sparkle in memory of someone special, as a symbol of hope and love for our North East community this Christmas.

"I’ve always wanted to go to the Light up a Life service but I’ve been unable to in the past due to bad mobility. As it's virtual this year, I can take part with my daughter who lives in London, and the rest of the family, to remember James together"

Eleanor Langan