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Their Light Still Shines

Sun 18 November 2018, 2.30 pm


We have all experienced the dull pain of grief around holidays and the Christmas period is worst with shortening days and the busy activities of preparation for concerts and shopping. We may feel we need to be jolly because of younger members of the family or for colleagues in the work place. We are bombarded by the media telling us what Christmas is all about – happy times, smiling faces, overindulgence, TV repeats and an overloaded Christmas buy list … and that doesn’t even touch the religious significance.

Christmas is especially hard for the bereaved – even when its years down the line, and the global and local tragedies can be a reminder of a personal loss. We often question as we approach the season of how are we supposed to act? Is it grit our teeth and carry on? Speak of our memories or not mention their name? Everyone, and every family, has their own way of coping (or not coping) and little rituals develop over the years.

The Senior Chaplain to Hywel Dda Health Board supported by Ty Cymorth Hospice Appeal will hold their seventh annual Their Light Still Shines Celebration at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthen SA32 8HN on Sunday 18 November, 2018 at 2.30pm. Entrance is free.

This Celebration is an act of remembrance not only for members of families and friends but to offer other tragedies past and present that affect us and our communities

As part of the Celebration after a reflective choral item by a Choir, twelve central candles are lit as a harp is played to offer members of the family (parents, children, siblings, work colleagues, those who have given their organs in death, staff of services who have died for others {armed forces/police} for suicidal deaths and to commend those who remain missing).

The service provides a mix of songs, readings and poems with musical interludes both choral and instrumental together with a led non-religious meditation and act of prayer. You are invited should you wish to light personal candles in a designated area and to tie a hand-written tag, remembering loved ones, on the branches of the Christmas Tree provided. This tree is then taken to the Quiet Room/Chapel in Glangwili Hospital where people may add their own messages up to the New Year.

One attendee who has returned each year says: “My family finds it brings so much comfort from meeting other people and families grieving during at this traditionally happy time” and another comment received says: “I find this time, in a very inspiring setting, helps me in some way to fill the void which exists, especially when there is so much giving and receiving cards and gifts. I use it to place my six messages as a gift to my loved ones”.

Euryl says “It is an emotional service and it brings the community together (from Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and beyond) to grieve to reflect and to cry, without embarrassment. Everyone helps each other through. It’s about offering a quiet, contemplative service as an alternative to more traditional gatherings and to care and support those of us who are sad and struggling with different kinds of pain and loss and failing to feel very ‘Christmassy’.

Together we recognise that Christmas is not all shiny baubles and seasonal jumpers for everyone, but that sadness, desolation and loneliness are as much a part of the holiday season as dried out turkey, overcooked sprouts, hangovers and unwanted presents. It’s important to acknowledge grief to address it, and this service is saying that we care that you are not alone and that your loved one is remembered in a warm service, with tears and laughter.”

For further information please contact Euryl on (01267) 227563 or email on euryl.howells2@wales.nhs.uk


Sun 18 November 2018
2.30 pm
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Hywel Dda University Health Board
01267 227563


National Botanic Gardens
Carmarthen, SA32 8HN United Kingdom
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