The festive season can be especially difficult for those who are coping with loss. Each December we hold a service in Portsmouth where those who are bereaved are invited to remember someone by dedicating a light to them. This special family service takes place when lights are floated on Canoe Lake in Southsea to represent all those who are being remembered.
This simple act of remembrance is a poignant and meaningful way to celebrate, with reflection and hope, all those we miss at Christmas.
In 2015 'Light Up a Life - Lake of Lights' is taking place on Friday 18th December, with a short service at 5.45pm, and is sponsored by Biscoes. Light up a Life is for everyone in the community, not just those who have been cared for by the Hospice. Those who have been bereaved in the past twelve months, and who are known to us, are invited to a separate service at The Rowans Hospice.
Each Spring The Rowans Hospice holds an Annual Memorial service at the Anglican Cathedral, Old Portsmouth where we remember patients who have died in our care, either at The Rowans Hospice or in the community. The service is open to those of all faiths or of no faith and provides space and time to remember and reflect. In 2016 the service will take place on Sunday 17th April at 3.00pm.
During the service memory candles are carried by staff and volunteers to the front of the Cathedral, each one representing a month of the year. The entire congregation are invited to light a candle in memory of that important person in their life who has died. The service is an opportunity to remember as a community.
For more information on any of the events call our chaplain, Carol Gully, 023 9225 0001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want a way of remembering someone that combines fun, energy and raising money for The Rowans Hospice, our summer Moonlit Memories Walk is for you.
The aim of the event is for participants to celebrate the lives of loved ones and to highlight how our care contributes positive, lasting memories to those who are bereaved. You can take part either as a walker or as a volunteer. Either way, you can dedicate your involvement to the memory of someone special and help to ensure that our vital services remain free of charge.
Click here for more information on the Walk.
This is a very special sponsored walk for children, accompanied by an adult, which takes place in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard and HM Naval Base. Children have the opportunity to take part in memory of someone who has died; to light a candle and make a 'memory star'. The event is open to all children aged 0-16 years, not just those who have been bereaved.
Click here for more information on the Meander.