Date(s) - 11 Dec 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Every year, Havens Hospices holds its ‘Light up a Life’ services in Southend and across Essex, where hundreds of people attend to remember loved ones who have died.
With social distancing measures and the uncertainty over lockdown controls, the charity this year will instead hold a ‘virtual’ Light up a Life event that people can view and participate in online.
The service, led by Martin Hill, Spiritual Care Lead for Havens Hospices, features a range of contributors representing different aspects of the charity’s hospice care as well as faith partners within the community. Speakers include Rabbi Geoffrey Hyman and singer Jen Hazel, a tutor at South Essex University and active within the Unitarian movement. Poems and prayers were also read by Havens Hospices volunteers Rev Margaret Deans, Cara Parker – whose daughter Laurel was cared for at Little Havens – and Hospice at Home Deputy Sister, Denise Douglas.
The introduction to the service was conducted by Julie Fosh, the High Sheriff for Essex. Havens Hospices has also kept with tradition by having music from the Hadleigh Temple Corps of The Salvation Army, filmed before the second lockdown and adhering to strict social distancing measures.