Dedicate a light in memory of your loved ones at NI Hospice’s Lights to Remember Service.

During this moving service, we will enjoy our favourite carols, thoughtfully selected reflections, and readings by guest speakers.

Northern Ireland Hospice is urging the public to light up the darkness, as it launches its annual Lights to Remember appeal and remembrance service, to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones.

Now entering its 29th year, the Lights to Remember appeal invites people across Northern Ireland to dedicate a light on the Hospice Christmas tree in memory of those who are no longer with us and to raise vital funds to support Hospice’s specialist palliative nursing care work across Northern Ireland.

This year’s Lights to Remember service will take place on Thursday 14th December, 7pm at Dominican College, Fortwilliam, Belfast. The service will be followed by a torch-light procession to Somerton House, the Adult In-Patient Unit on Belfast’s Somerton Road.

NI Hospice President Paul Clark and the family of Niall Parkhill – his beloved wife Grainne, and their three beautiful children Riain, Killian and Conor – will light the first candle of remembrance at the service, in loving memory of all dearly departed family members and to support those who are grieving. Later, they will officially switch on the Hospice Christmas tree illuminations at Somerton House.

Niall passed away in Hospice last April after a tragically short illness. Niall’s wife Grainne said: “I will forever be grateful for the comfort and security Hospice gave to Niall and to us as a family. We wouldn’t have coped at all without their support. Even after Niall had died the Hospice continued to support us. I’ll never forget the kindness and care of Hospice.

“That’s why we are honoured to be asked to take part in the Lights to remember service and to switch on the Hospice Christmas lights. That will be a lovely moment for myself and the boys and a fitting way to remember Niall.”

Lauren Doherty, NI Hospice’s Interim Director of Brand and Income, said: “Lights to Remember is a poignant service that we hold every year at Christmas. It’s not just for those families who have experienced the care of Hospice, but for the entire community and anyone that has ever felt the grief of bereavement.

“During this moving service, we will enjoy our favourite carols, thoughtfully selected reflections, and readings by guest speakers. We sincerely hope you can join us on the night. For those who cannot make it to the event, you will be able to watch our beautiful tribute service online on Monday 18th December.

“We would love for you to share your memories and a special dedication to your loved one with us by dedicating a light on our beautiful virtual tree. Together we’ll illuminate the darkness with love and remembrance.”

To dedicate your light, or to find out more about the Hospice Lights to Remember Service, visit nihospice.org/lights

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