Bury service lights up lost lives

St Nicholas Hospice Care's Light up a Life service ANL-161214-152932001
St Nicholas Hospice Care's Light up a Life service ANL-161214-152932001

Lost loved ones were remembered at a poignant annual service and ceremony in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

The St Nicholas Hospice Care service of prayers and remembrance was held at St Mary’s Church before a procession to Angel Hill for a Light up a Life ceremony.

The Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers, of St Mary’s Church, said: “This Light up a Life service is one of our most special services, one of our most precious services of the year as it is when we remember those we have loved and lost.”

During the service readings were given, carols were sung and a candle of remembrance was lit. A minute’s silence in remembrance of those who have died was also observed.

The Rev Sharon Connell, St Nicholas Hospice Care chaplain and spiritual care co-ordinator, said: “This is a very special time of year, but for those who have lost ones they love it can be an extremely difficult time.

“It is very important to remember and give thanks for those we love but see no longer. These Light up a Life events enable us to support others who have experienced a bereavement.”

Following the church service music filled the air as members of the congregation walked to Angel Hill accompanied by the Rock Choir.

Once the crowd was gathered around the Christmas tree the names of those being remembered were read out.

Connie Davis, 28, from Bury, said: “It is really quite moving to hear the names of people you knew and loved read out.”