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Light up a Life service celebrates memory of loved ones

10:15 21 December 2015

The St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life service at St Peter and St Mary's Chruch in Stowmarket.

The St Elizabeth Hospice Light up a Life service at St Peter and St Mary's Chruch in Stowmarket.


Dozens of people congregated at a Suffolk church to remember and celebrate loved ones at Christmas.

In the last few weeks, hundreds have come together across East Suffolk to reflect on their memories of departed family, friends and colleagues.

St Elizabeth Hospice invited local communities to join them at their Light up a Life services, held at venues in Framlingham, Ipswich, Felixstowe, and finally at St Mary’s Church, Stowmarket, this weekend.

A congregation of about 90 were joined by the Wattisham Military Wives Choir for the service, which included carols, readings, music, and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one.

People had also been invited to personalise a ‘special memories card’ with a message, poem or photo that reminded them of their loved one, and hang it on the ‘tree of remembrance’.

Pauline Donkin, of St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, a moment for enjoying being with your family members and loved ones. But it is also a time for reflecting on the lives of loved ones we have lost, remembering these special people and the cherished memories that we hold dear to our hearts.

“It was lovely to see so many people coming together in their local community to reflect on those memories at this special time of year.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us at a Light up a Life event, to all the volunteers who helped and gave a reading, and to our special guest singers – Framlingham College Choir, the Felixstowe Children’s Choir, the Co-op Singers, the St Elizabeth Hospice Choir, Notoriety, and the Military Wives choir.”

There is still time to dedicate a light in a loved one’s memory on the hospice’s virtual Christmas tree. Visit


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