A hushed congregation gathered to remember those who have died, 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 from the church 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 a special occasion. It is a time when we remember those we have loved who are no longer with us.”
The Rev Sharon Connell, St Nicholas Hospice Care Chaplain and Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, said: “We have come together to remember with love, give thanks for and celebrate the lives of those who we love but see no longer. At this time of year the loss of our loved ones and the grieving process can be an acute experience. By our coming together we can support one another.
“Since joining the hospice in July I have been humbled when invited into people’s lives at an extremely poignant time.”
Readings were given by Hospice Volunteer Chaplains the Rev Sue Nutt and the Rev Mark Hunt, carols were sung and a candle of remembrance lit. A minute’s silence in remembrance was also observed. Following the service the congregation walked to Angel Hill. There, the Salvation Army band played when carols were sung, before the names of those being remembered were read out.