Remember the life of someone special and dedicate a light in their memory

At St Luke’s Hospice, we understand that the loss of someone special can be the hardest and loneliest of experiences. Our Light up a Life remembrance service on Sunday 26th November at 4.30pm offers time to reflect and remember friends and family who are no longer with us.

During the service we illuminate our Tree of Light as a symbol of a life cherished and remembered. Our tree acts as a shining memorial to thousands of people who are dearly loved and missed, and is a chance for you to pause, reflect and remember as well as to focus on your own treasured memories.

Even if you choose not to join us for our service, you can still make a donation in memory of someone special, they do not need to have been cared for by St Luke’s. The name of your loved one will be entered into our Book of Memories alongside the names and dedications of others, and will be available to view at the service on Sunday 26th November and at the Hospice throughout the year.

Dedicating a light is not only a way of remembering someone; it also raises vital funds for the Hospice. St Luke’s is here for you and around 85% of our care is made possible thanks to donations. Your donation will be put to great use immediately and will provide care for local people today and in the future.

This year, Nantwich sisters Amy, Katie and Abbi are dedicating a light to their Mum, Julie, who was cared for at St Luke’s in March

A light will be shining for Julie at St Luke's this year

“Just after Christmas last year, our beautiful Mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour. It was a huge shock and absolutely devastating for us all. Mum was so brave and she took it all in her stride; she smashed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and she made the most of every day.

By March the intense treatment really started to take its toll and she became quite poorly; she was dehydrated and in a lot of pain. It was her Macmillan Nurse that talked to us about St Luke’s, explaining they could help with symptom control and ease her pain.

When a bed became available at the Hospice, one of the first things the nurses did for Mum was run her a huge bubble bath! It sounds so simple, but it made such a difference to her. Mum was so happy to be at St Luke’s; she was relieved and happy knowing that she would be taken care of in such a calm, caring and homely environment.

It took so much stress and worry away from us; we stopped being her carers and began to be her daughters again. 

Mum loved so much about her time at St Luke’s; the comfortable riser-recliner chair next to her bed, the Motown music she was able to play on her stereo, the visits she would get from Ralph her Cockapoo, the private room we had where we shared her final moments together as a family, and the time the nurses gave to support us all.

Mum was only in St Luke’s for a week, but that time meant so much to us all. We feel very fortunate that she was able to be cared for by the amazing nurses who made the hardest time of our lives that little bit better.

We as a family cannot thank the staff at at the Hospice enough; the work they do is simply priceless. We have raised around £3,000 for St Luke’s since Mum died and we will carry on supporting the Hospice. It’s really important to us and we feel it’s something productive we can do in her memory.

This will be our first Christmas without our lovely Mum, so dedicating a light to her will bring some comfort because we know the money we give will help another family like ours.”