THE LIVES of loved ones across Wigan Borough are being marked as Light for a Life launches at Wigan and Leigh Hospice.
Dedications can now be made at the Hospice for Light for a Life as a meaningful way to remember someone special or to give thanks.
Helen Edmondson, 43, from Lowton will be making a dedication to her husband Max who passed away at home from prostate cancer in February this year with Helen and their six-year-old son – who is also called Max – at his bedside.
Max was cared for by the Hospice palliative care team as his cancer progressed and then over six weeks as an inpatient in November and December 2015 after developing spinal cord compression. Once Max was discharged he was visited by the Hospice in Your Home team a few times a week until he passed away.
Helen said: “The Hospice did so much for Max – he had physiotherapy every day with different exercises, he had counselling as did myself and our son, he experienced the complementary therapy and even attended a craft session.
“We are definitely going to dedicate a light on the tree in memory of Max because all 3 of us attended the service last year when Max was an inpatient, it was such a lovely evening and very emotional. It’s about remembering Max and also about donating to the Hospice which cared for him. If we keep talking about someone then they are not really gone and by going to the ceremony, it’s one way of keeping his memory alive and remembering him.”
Every year from October thousands of local people dedicate a light for a loved one on the Hospice’s Christmas Tree. Names are also entered into the Book of Dedications as a permanent tribute.
A ceremony is held every December when local people can go to the Hospice to see the Christmas Tree lights switched-on.
Christine Edwardson, Community Fundraiser, said: “Light for a Life is a chance to give thanks, to celebrate a special event – such as a birth or an anniversary – or remember a loved one.
“It is not only for those who have a connection to the Hospice, but is for anyone who would like to make a dedication to someone they love, or have loved.”
The Light for a Life ceremony will be held at the Hospice on Kildare Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday, December 6th, although dedications can continue to be made until the twelfth night after Christmas.
Dedications can be made downloading a form from www.wlh.org.uk. Forms are also available from Wigan and Leigh Hospice shops, the Hospice reception, some GP and dentist surgeries and other locations around Wigan Borough. A separate form should be completed for each dedication.
The Book of Dedications will be printed as a bound hard-backed book and will be on permanent display in the Hospice from March, along with every other Book of Dedications since Light for a Life began in 1998.