What The Rosemary Foundation’s Lights of Remembrance service means to one volunteer

On Sunday, November 26th 2017, The Rosemary Foundation will hold its annual Lights of Remembrance Service to give friends and relatives the opportunity to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one.

Barbara Toms became a voluntary administrator for The Rosemary Foundation ten years ago, shortly after the death of her partner Ash, in 2006.

Barbara, who lives in Waterlooville, said: “I got to know the nurses and I was invited to attend the Lights of Remembrance Service that year. Christmas is a very difficult time when you’ve been bereaved. So it’s important to know that you’re with other people who are all in the same situation.”

The service is held at Langrish House, near Petersfield, starting at 5pm. The lights are prepared outside beforehand for switching on and are festooned throughout the trees and bushes.

On arrival from 4:30pm visitors can listen to the beautiful singing of the Horndean choir, “AChoired Taste”.

Once everyone is gathered, we move outside for the Reverend Jane Ball of All Saints’ Church, East Meon, to welcome everyone and to switch on the lights. Jane will then read out all the names and conduct the short service, which includes time for personal reflection.

Barbara said: “For me, this is the best part of the service. People link arms and everybody goes quiet, thinking about their loved ones. And because it’s dark outside, no-one can see your face; you can cry and it doesn’t matter.”

Everyone then goes back into Langrish House for mince pies and coffee provided by our host Robina Talbot-Ponsonby, and a chance to chat further with nurses and fellow visitors.

“This bit is really friendly and relaxed,” said Barbara. “It’s good to be able to meet all the nurses and to talk with them.”

If you would like to dedicate a light for someone who you have lost and to have their name read out during the service, please email us at tx@rosemary-foundation.org.uk

The deadline for us to receive your dedication is Wednesday, November 22nd 2017.

Helping to support our ‘Hospice at Home’ service for East Hampshire

For nearly 20 years, The Rosemary Foundation has been providing a ‘Hospice at Home’ service in Petersfield and the surrounding towns and villages for patients in the latter stage of life-limiting conditions and at no cost to the patient or their family.

We don’t receive any government or NHS funding and rely solely on fundraising, donations, charitable trusts and legacies.  All the money raised at the Lights of Remembrance Service will go towards continuing our valuable service.

How to donate to support our work

If you would like to make a donation towards the continuing work of our nurses, please see our website http://www.rosemary-foundation.org.uk/how-to-donate/

Would you like to help us at The Rosemary Foundation? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with The Rosemary Foundation, please contact us on 01730 266329 or email info@rosemary-foundation.org.uk.

Thank you.

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