Lights of Love Remembrance Events 2021

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Remembrance Bags

Free remembrance bags, which include a tea light candle, are available to anyone living in the Forest of Dean, who would like to join us in lighting a candle to remember a loved one who has died.

The remembrance bag also includes an acorn tag, on which you might like to write a message to your loved one and hang on your Christmas Tree, or arrange to hang on our Christmas Tree here at the hospice building.

If you, a friend or family member would like a remembrance bag they will be available to pick up from any of our Retail Shops. We can also arrange for them to be sent out in the post to you or arrange for you to pick them up from the hospice building. Please contact us on 01594 811910 or email us on [email protected] if you would like to arrange this.

Please do take caution when lighting the candle and follow fire safety guidelines. Battery operated candles are available on request. Also please note that the acorn on the tag is made of plastic and is not a real acorn.

Online Remembrance Service

We would like to invite you to join us for our online ‘Lights of Love’ remembrance service which this year will take place online on Friday 10th December 2021. It is an opportunity for us to come together, to ‘take a moment’ and to remember our loved ones.

The pre-recorded online service will start at 7.30pm. At 8pm we will light a candle and take a moment for reflection. We would like to invite you to light a candle with us at this time.

The service will include music and readings from local musicians and writers.

The service will be streamed through our You Tube channel and there is no charge to watch the service.

Please click on the below link just before 7.30pm on Friday 10th December 2021 and select the ‘Great Oaks Hospice Lights of Love Remembrance Service 2021’ video to watch the service.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_EXDN7YQmTT12riRkN-3zA

After the service has taken place on Friday 10th December 2021, it will be available to watch at any time should you not be available to watch at this time, would like to watch it again or would like to share with friends and family. All you need to do is click on the link above and select the ‘Great Oaks Lights of Love Remembrance Service 2021’ video to watch.

Remembrance Gatherings

We would like to invite you to join us for our in person ‘Light of Love’ Remembrance Gatherings which are taking place on Sunday 12th December 2021 here at the hospice building. It is an opportunity for us to come together, to ‘take a moment’ and to remember our loved ones, in an informal, social way.

The first gathering will take place at 11am and the second will take place at 2.30pm. These are free to attend. Each will last approximately 1 hour.

There will be free tea, coffee, cakes etc. available. We will light a candle and take a moment of reflection. There will be music and time to socialise with others. You will also have the opportunity to write a message to your loved one on one of our special acorn tags, to take home and hang on your tree or to hang on our Christmas Tree here at the hospice building.

Places are limited to ensure social distancing, so booking is essential. Children are very welcome to attend however please note that a booking must be made for each child regardless of age.

To book a place on the 11am gathering please click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lights-of-love-remembrance-gathering-tickets-200747781017

To book a place on the 2.30pm gathering please click on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lights-of-love-remembrance-gathering-tickets-200796998227

If for whatever reason you are unable to book a place through the above links, please do contact us on 01594 811910 for assistance.

If you are due to attend one of the remembrance gatherings we ask that you do not attend if you are unwell, have been advised to isolate or are displaying any signs of COVID-19 i.e. new cough, temperature, loss of taste /smell, to ensure we are COVID secure. If you are able to, we would also really appreciate you taking a Lateral Flow Test prior to attending, If not we will require you take one on arrival. We would also ask you to please wear masks if possible.

If you are not able to attend for any reason, please can we ask that you cancel your online booking or call us on 01594 811910 so this place can be offered to someone else. Thank you for your understanding and support with this.

Donations

We recognise that at this time of year some people may want to make a donation in memory of their loved one. If you feel you would like to make a donation, please do contact us on 01594 811910.

You can also donate online through our Just Giving page, which you can do by clicking on the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/GreatOaksLightsOfLove2021

Donation points will also be available at our remembrance gatherings.

Christmas cards such as those shown in the photo are also available to purchase from the hospice building and from our retail shops

We do hope that you are able to join us for our ‘Lights of Love’ events where we will be coming together to light a candle, to take a moment and to remember our loved ones.