Christmas is such a special time of year when families come together to share joy and laughter and that’s no different here at Heart of Kent Hospice.
After a loved one has passed away, that feeling of loss can be even greater during the festive season. But no one should feel that they are alone, especially at Christmas, and this is why we invite our local community to remember loved ones as part of our Light Up a Life appeal. It’s at times like Christmas that we can pull together as a wider family to support each other as we reflect upon the lives of those we have loved, remember the special times we spent together and celebrate all that they mean to us.
‘Dancing with a patient to their favourite Christmas songs; helping choose and wrap gifts for grandchildren; and watching families as they laugh together over Christmas lunch. These are moments that I treasure, moments in which the courage and strength of our patients shine through. Remembering these precious times and the wonderful, inspiring people we shared them with is so important to us all.’ Doreen, Healthcare Assistant for 26 years at Heart of Kent Hospice.
A highlight of our Light up a Life appeal are the two remembrance services that take place at the Hospice and Aylesford Priory. During the services dedicated stars will receive a blessing and there will be readings, music and time to pause and reflect.
Whether you come on your own or with friends and family, there is always a real sense of togetherness at these services. It might be your first Christmas without your loved one or it may be twenty years – either way you will be welcomed with the same warmth, love and support.
Please consider dedicating a star in memory of someone special and making a donation to our Light up a Life appeal. Dedications and donations can be made online by clicking HERE.
A donation to Heart of Kent Hospice this festive season would be a very special gift to continue to help patients and their families during what is often the most difficult time of their lives.
More information on both our events can be found here:
With thanks to Gallagher for their support for our Light up a Life Appeal 2018.
There are lots of ways you can support us. Find out more.