Light up a Life: Remembrance services

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Remember someone special at St Clare Hospice

We would like to invite you, your family and friends to join us at at a Light up a Life service.

Light up a Life is a chance to come together with others who understand what it’s like to grieve the loss of someone special. Candles are lit at each service, with every shining light representing the life and memories of a loved one.

Each service is a wonderful inclusive occasion with music, readings and refreshments, and a moment of reflection for those who have held a special place in our hearts. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have experienced St Clare’s care or not, and no matter how long ago your loss was.

Join us at a Light up a Life service held at St Clare


The Light up a Life services for 2023 have now taken place and we’re thrilled to announce that your support has raised over £19,000 so far.

Thank you for choosing to honour your loved ones with St Clare, we hope to honour them again with you in 2024.

Dedicate a star online in memory of someone special

Love is a light that cannot be dimmed…celebrate the life and memory of someone who is dearly missed this Christmas time by dedicating a star on our virtual Light up a Life tree. 

You can write a message of remembrance to your loved one, upload a picture and donate to St Clare if you wish, by clicking here.


Light up a Life services in West Essex

Can’t find a Light up a Life service at St Clare that fits in your diary? A number of Light up a Life services take place throughout December across West Essex. Meaning you can attend a service close to you in memory of your loved one(s).

Details about the 2024 Light up a Life services will be released here.

Have a question about Light up a Life? Read our Frequently Asked Questions below.

What is Light up a Life? Light up a Life involves a number of remembrance services held at St Clare Hospice. Bereaved people, from across West Essex and East Hertfordshire, can choose a service to attend with friends and family to celebrate the lives of people they miss dearly.

Why should I attend Light up a Life? This event provides with you the opportunity to bring your friends and family together as you remember those you miss dearly, all while joining others who understand what it’s like to grieve the loss of someone special.

Who can attend Light up a Life? We welcome anyone to attend who has been bereaved, whether it was recent or some time ago. You do not have to have a connection to St Clare Hospice to come along to this event.

How do I get a ticket for the St Clare Light up a Life services? Each St Clare service has its own dedicated event webpage where you can secure your tickets.

Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make sure you book as soon as possible to reserve your space.

When do I receive my tickets? Please allow up to 2 weeks after we have received your booking.

Where are the services held? The services are held outside, in a marquee, on the Hospice grounds. We ask that attendees please dress appropriately for the weather. 

Where can I park? We have free onsite parking available at the hospice, with accessible parking spots.

Is this event accessible? The marquee is located on the Hospice’s field with uneven terrain. Upon entrance to the field, there is a small step, followed by a small section of gravel until you reach the entrance of the marquee which has hard flooring.

The stallholders will be located inside of the main Hospice building in the dining room. The building is wheelchair accessible with access to assistive and disabled toilets. There is a hearing loop available on site.

Do I need a ticket for the Light up a Life services in the community? No. You do not need to secure tickets for the services being held in the community across West Essex. Simply just show up! Keep an eye out on this page to find out about our community services taking place in 2024.

Can I bring my dog to Light up a Life? Regrettably, we cannot allow dogs at Light up a Life as the services are held in a carpeted venue.

If there’s a question you’d like to ask  about Light up a Life that we haven’t answered, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 01279 773750 or email