Twenty Years of Light up a Life

In 2018 Saint Michael’s Light up a Life marks its 20th anniversary of being a special part of local people’s Christmastime traditions. These are special services to help celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us, but who remain in our thoughts, especially at this time of year.

The Philpott family have been remembering their beloved husband, dad and grandad, Paul at Light up a Life services for the past three years at Ripon Cathedral and at the hospice itself. This year, Paul’s wife, Mary will also attend the first event to be held in her home town of Pateley Bridge.

“I like to go with my children and the grandchildren if possible. The grandchildren love putting the memory star that Saint Michael’s send us on the tree. Later we can go back to find Paul’s star on the tree.” Said Mary Philpott

“As soon as I know the date it goes on the calendars of everyone in the family.

“These services focus on you and give support to the people who are left. The whole family finds comfort in it.

“It is a beautiful service with people in the same situation so you don’t feel alone. I saw people who I knew but that I didn’t realise had lost someone. You see some of the staff and volunteers of Saint Michael’s there and so support is available from people who understand your situation.

“The Ripon service this year is on my grandson, James’s birthday. We are going out for the day as a family and then to the cathedral for the service. James wants to go even though he was only 2 years old when Paul died.”

Light up a Life services are an opportunity for anyone to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one who is no longer with us, whether they have a connection with Saint Michael’s or not.

Light up a Life remembrance services 2018:

St Cuthbert’s Church in Pateley Bridge, November 30 at 6pm

Saint Michael’s Hospice, December 2 at 4pm

Ripon Cathedral, December 9 at 3:30pm.

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