Stortford families remember loved ones at Isabel Hospice Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
The Isabel Hospice Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held at Bishop's Stortford College in Maze Green Road on Sunday.
Last year the East Herts charity supported 696 family members and children grieving after the death of a loved one – including 81 people from the town.
In all, 170 people attended the service, celebrating the lives of those they have lost.
Sue Jeppesen, lay chaplain and spiritual care lead for Isabel Hospice said “We were pleased to be able to welcome so many people to the service this year. The theme was ‘Dark and Light, Grief and Hope’.
“The cover of our order of service was designed from a painting created especially by our volunteer, Ruth Ward.
“Families were able to write a memory card before the service and view our Books of Remembrance after the service which contain the names of all those who have died under hospice care.
“The congregation were welcomed by Andrew Bruce, the director of music at Bishop’s Stortford College. Many staff members from different departments in the Hospice contributed to the service.
“Jean Austin, one of the hospice’s clinical nurse specialists, who covers Bishop’s Stortford area, read Roger McGough’s poem ‘Sad Music’ and one of our doctors on placement, Gabriel Olayia, sang the solo ‘Gone too soon’.
“Young people from our CATS (Children and Teenage Support) group carried the Books of Remembrance to the front at the beginning of the service, participated in the children and young people’s activity during the service, where candles were created as a sign of hope. They also read a poem entitled ‘Six Facts about Ligh’” by Rachel Rooney and led the congregation in the song ‘This Little Light of Mine. I’m Gonna let it Shine’.
“We are very privileged as a hospice community to walk alongside our bereaved families and we hope this service provides an opportunity for them, not only to acknowledge their loss but to feel supported and join together with others who are also grieving. “
To find out more about the hospice’s bereavement service, see www.isabelhospice.org.uk