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Their Light Still Shines/Mae eu fflam yn dal yn ddisglair’
Sun 19 November, 2.30 pmFree
Christmas is a time of happiness and togetherness, but for many it is also a time when they remember someone they have lost. This is why every November the Chaplaincy Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board support Ty Cymorth (Carmarthen and District Hospice Appeal) and organise a simple ceremony Their Light Still Shines, giving families, friends and work colleagues the chance to dedicate a light, and join others who grieve and mourn. Whilst we cannot enjoy precious moments with family and friends this offers a time to celebrate and remember the lives of those we continue to love.
Never are the coping strategies more needed than they are in the build-up to Christmas. When someone important dies, Christmas can be an extremely difficult and painful time for children who remember parent(s), for spouses and partners, brothers and sisters and for those who have lost their children and other members of the family, neighbours and work colleagues.
It is completely up to you which special people to dedicate a light and offer a message. The person you remember doesn’t need to have been cared for by the hospice or hospital for you to remember them in this way.
The annual service is held in the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, and we are grateful to the Management of NBGW for their support. The ambience of the Glass Dome compliments the occasion as it signifies light, growth and colour enhanced by the water feature and the twittering of birds in the background. It is free to attend and suitable for the whole family and open to anyone.
The service is simple with a selection of readings, the opportunity to sing together and to listen to music from choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. A harpist plays after the lighting of the Christmas Tree lights and you have an opportunity to light your own candle(s) and to place tags that offer your private thoughts on another tree. The names and thoughts are commended during the service.
“With the evenings drawing in and the busyness of Christmas, it’s comforting to be around those we love. For those of us missing someone who has died, it can be a time for remembering but also a time for celebrating the special times we shared together.”
“I appreciated the service at the Gardens and it was a time for giving and sharing, a moment for enjoying being with your family members and loved ones. But the service gave me the time to reflect on all loved ones I had lost. I came to remember my parents but I took time out to remember all the special people I had known and the cherished memories that I hold dear in my hearts for them.”