LOSING a loved one is lonely and in the build up to the festive season and the traditional time of celebration and sharing, a grieving person may feel like there is no place to find comfort or relief from the darkness of grief.

Ty Cymorth Day Hospice, Carmarthen led by the Chaplaincy Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board, is holding the 8th annual ‘Their Light Still Shines’ celebration on November 17 2019 at 2.30pm.

The Celebration will be held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, SA32 8HN. The ‘Great Glass House’ is a calm, welcoming space with natural light, a safe space for everyone of faith or none to share grief. Entry is free via the main entrance and is open to all ages and all faiths or none.

12 central candles are lit representing family, colleagues, those who have given life through organ donation and serving others and this year a candle will also be lit to remember those who have contributed to the NHS throughout its 70 year history. People will also be given the opportunity to place a message on the Festive tree provided.

Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “It is an emotional service and it brings the community together, from our Health Board area and beyond, to grieve, reflect and 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 for and support those of us who are sad and struggling with different kinds of pain and loss.

“It’s important to acknowledge grief and to address it, and this service is saying that we care that you are not alone and that your loved one is remembered and acknowledged.”

In the event that you are unable to attend there is information of the Ty Cymorth Hospice website www.tycymorth.org.uk if you wish to offer a donation.

To commend a dedication please contact Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain, Hywel Dda University Health Board on 01267 227563 or euryl.howells2@wales.nhs.uk

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