The local community will be coming together to remember loved ones at a Dorking Tree of Light service on Sunday 1 December*.
The service will include Christmas carols and readings, and has been jointly organised by the local hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice and St Paul’s Church. .
The Tree of Light offers bereaved family and friends an opportunity to reflect on the year that’s passed and honour someone special by dedicating a star in their memory, and offering a donation to the hospice.
By dedicating a star, people aren’t only remembering the person they love, they’re also helping other people’s loved ones. Any donations from stars will allow more local people to have St Catherine’s expert care and support. And give more people the chance to spend treasured time with family and friends.
Last year, St Catherine’s cared for around 2,450 people with eight in 10 people looked after in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, including across Dorking.
Rev Lisa Rainier, Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Lead for St Catherine’s, said: “The death of someone close is one of life’s hardest experiences. Christmas can be an especially difficult time of year because traditionally it’s a time to be with family and friends. Tree of Light is a great way to remind those who are bereaved in our local community that there are others who understand their feelings of loss. In fact, many people tell me after attending a Tree of Light service they feel more able to appreciate and engage with the spirit of the festive season.”
If you can’t attend the Dorking Tree of Light service, there are other services taking place across Sussex and Surrey. For full details please visit: www.stch.org.uk/treeoflight
All donations from the service will help support terminally ill people and their family and friends in your community. Currently, St Catherine’s can only provide end of life care to one in three local people who need it. With your support, the local hospice wants to be there for everyone when life comes full circle. Please consider supporting St Catherine’s with a donation – www.stch.org.uk
For more information about the local services or making a donation, please contact Isabelle Taylor at St Catherine’s on 01293 583059 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org