Lights of Love
The death of a baby, or another loved one, is difficult to bear at anytime of the year. Yet at Christmas, with so much emphasis on children and families sharing happy times together, those feelings of grief can often seem overwhelming.
Each year in December, Sands’ groups hold Lights of Love services in churches across the country so that families can come to remember their babies at a non–denominational service.
Guernsey Sands held their first Lights of Love service in 2012 and are proud to offer this opportunity locally to anyone who has been affected by the loss of a child at any stage or age of that child’s life. The service is an opportunity to honour the loved ones no longer with us, before we celebrate Christmas.
During the candlelit service parents and families can light a candle in memory of their baby and write a message to hang on a Tree of Remembrance which is kept in the church throughout the festive period. There is no charge to attend and if you are unable to come, you can still request to have a message card put on the tree for your baby on your behalf.
Each service includes Christmas carols, readings, musical entertainment, candle lighting, memorial roll call, tag hanging in honour of your loved lost one and a few mementos of the evening and is followed by light refreshments.
Guernsey’s Lights of Love service is usually held on the first Friday in December. The date and venue for each year’s service will be announced on the website here, each autumn. There will also be information about how to have a message card placed on the tree if you are unable to attend.