Light up a Life
*SPACE IS LIMITED* - Saturday 25th November, Michael Sobell Centre, Lecture Hall - 4pm & 6pm. Music courtesy of Jubilate
Sunday 26th November, Northwood Liberal Synagogue, Oaklands Gate, HA6 3AA - 4pm. Music courtesy of Lemon Tuesday
Remember the life of someone you love by dedicating a light in their memory
We would love you to join us in remembering loved ones and friends in our Light up a Life Remembrance Ceremonies of music and readings. Lights will be lit during the ceremonies and our Light up a Life tree will be illuminated until the Twelfth Night of 2018. Each light is a poignant reminder of the joy and brightness that people have brought into our lives. Light is symbolic and central to many cultures and brings particular comfort during the darker months of the year, the season of remembrance.
There will also be a time for quiet reflection and after each ceremony light refreshments will be served.
If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone, to celebrate a birth or just to say ‘thank you’ or ‘hello’ to an absent loved one, please complete the form. You can dedicate as many lights as you wish (please fill in this form more than once) and your kind gift will help bring a little light to you, those being cared for in the Hospice and to their families.
On receipt of your completed form, we will provide you with full details of the ceremony and a dedication memento for you to complete with the name of your loved one which you can keep at home or bring to a ceremony and hang on our Remembrance Tree. Names of those to whom the lights are dedicated will be placed in the keepsake programme.
If you cannot join us on the day, you are still welcome to dedicate a light and receive a copy of the keepsake programme.
Steve’s thoughts for his dear Mum Susan
Steve Hopkins spends quiet time each day thinking about his loving Mum, Susan. As a way of keeping her memory alive and to express his heartfelt thanks for the care and compassion she received at Michael Sobell Hospice, Steve chose to take on an epic 969 miles in nine days bike ride challenge in September, pedalling his way across Britain.
“My Mum sadly passed away on the 30th January this year after an eight-month fight with secondary bone cancer – a heart-breaking loss for all our family. As Mum’s condition worsened, we spent more and more time at Michael Sobell. In her final few days, Mum moved into her own room, which had a wonderful woodland view, with bird feeders and flowers a plenty. She passed away peacefully in her sleep with her immediate family by her side.
The Hospice and the team of people has a unique and special way of making your darkest and hardest times somehow more bearable. This is why, I am focusing on trying to support this wonderful Hospice in any way I can.
On behalf of myself and the entire family, thank you Michael Sobell Hospice for your care, kind words and support through these tough times.”
Norma reminisces about husband Mick
“Michael 'Mick' Power my husband and father to our twin children, spent much of his terminal illness as an inpatient at Michael Sobell Hospice and then permanently for 28 days before his passing in May 2016, two weeks before his 62nd birthday. It became a second home to myself and family, so much so, I personally felt safer there then at home as I know was the case for my husband.
The support shown to us as a family at this very sad and difficult time both during his stay and after his passing meant everything to us. Nothing was too much for any member of the team including the volunteers who always found time for us.
The Hospice was where my husband wished to spend his final time and this is directly because of the relationships he had built with the team there. They made him feel calm, comfortable and safe. This meant so much to me and certainly helped me to begin my journeys back home, be it without the love of my life. The gardens, the family room, the wildlife area, the sofa’s (and the coffee machine!) gave us much-needed places to reflect and gather our thoughts. The team provided everything we needed which allowed us to be there at the end. The staff always kept us up to date with all of the information in a sensitive and caring manner. They gave us the space when we needed it and a shoulder to cry on. We will never forget the amazing people at the Michael Sobell Hospice.
I would encourage anyone to get involved in fundraising to help this fantastic place continue to offer the kind of invaluable support Mick and the rest of our family were given, during the most difficult of times. The Hospice and the incredible staff that work here would not exist without these ongoing fundraising efforts. They help so many people, and have touched so many lives that getting involved in an event or a challenge feels like it is the least any of us could do.
Mick spent many Thursdays at what he referred to as the ‘Gentlemen’s club’ in the Day Centre, which he always looked forward to and shared quality time with new friends that he had made there. If I had to recall any strong memories apart from all of the close friendships I had made, it would be seeing our Grandson, Freddie, taking his first steps at Michael Sobell Hospice in front of his doting Grandad.”
LUAL 2017 Dedication Form