Light up a Life: 16 December afternoon at St Clare Hospice

Saturday 16th December 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St Clare Hospice

Join us at St Clare to remember and celebrate the life of someone special

Light up a Life is our annual celebration of everything that St Clare stands for – joining together with families from across our community in honour of their loved ones. Candles are lit as we remember, with every shining light representing the life and memories of a loved one.

We will be holding three services here at the Hospice in Hastingwood, the second of which is on Saturday 16th December at 4pm. Everyone, of all faiths and none, is welcome to attend these free services, not just those who have experienced St Clare’s support first-hand.

For this afternoon service, we are inviting families with young children (under 18s) to join us at 2.30pm for an arts and crafts session led by our Child Bereavement Team. Children will be given the chance to create something special and meaningful in a fun and relaxed environment.

During the service there will be music performed by The Salvation Army and a local choir as well as festive readings and refreshments.

New for 2023, browse our festive stalls and pick up an early stocking filler or two. Our stallholders will be set up in the hospice dining room for you to visit after the service.

Book your tickets for Light up a Life 2023

By attending one of our special uplifting events this year, you will also be supporting St Clare to continue caring for local people facing life-limiting illnesses, or experiencing bereavement and loss.

All donations made alongside your Light up a Life dedications are gratefully received, helping to fund our care for local people who need us – supporting them to live well, and die with dignity.

We ask that you make sure to book your tickets by Friday 17th November to ensure that your dedications are included in the Book of Remembrance.



St Clare Book of Remembrance

Our Book of Remembrance, featuring the names of your loved ones, will be on display during each of our Hospice-based Light up a Life services – and in the Hospice Sanctuary all year round, should you wish to make a visit.

We ask that you make sure to book your tickets by Friday 17th November to ensure that your dedications are included in the Book of Remembrance.

Or, if you prefer, you can celebrate the life of someone special by dedicating a light on our online Light up a Life tree.


St Clare Hospice's GriefLine logo. GriefLine can be called Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm on 01279 945089.GriefLine – if you want to talk, we’re here.

GriefLine (01279 945089) is a local resource offering emotional support across West Essex and East Herts to anyone struggling with their grief around the loss of someone.

It doesn’t matter if your loss was recently or in the past, our trained bereavement volunteers are here to listen. We will give you a non-judgemental space to talk about how you are feeling and offer emotional support.

GriefLine can also help if you are looking for support for a family member, friend, or for a young person.

GriefLine is available to call from 8am to 5pm every week day and up to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday*

*Excluding Bank Holidays. GriefLine is free to call, though charges may apply in line with your standard network rate. 

If you’d like to speak to someone about this year’s Light up a Life services, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 01279 773750 or email

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