Every year we hold our annual Light up a Life services.

Lighting a candle to commemorate a loved one is a very special thing to do, particularly at Christmas time. We invite you to join with others who have also lost someone that they love, as part of our Light up a Life celebrations this year.

There are several ways in which you can get involved in our Light up a Life activities. You can dedicate a virtual light that shines on, attend a physical service of remembrance, watch a live-streamed service at home or even hold your own event.

“What a wonderful and moving event. I felt such comfort dedicating a light and so supported by quietly knowing we were all there to send love to those we missed.”
Jane Smith

Ways to remember

Dedicate a light

Light up a Life and leave an online dedication for your loved-one that will ensure their memory shines on. Your dedication will be a loving way to remember those we have lost especially at such a poignant time of year.

Attend a service

Come along to one of our two services being held in December. Light a candle in memory of those who are no longer with us and hear comforting readings, poems and music in these joyful events.

Watch the live-streamed service

Thanks to our partners CJP Broadcasting kindly donating their time, we will be live-streaming our Hereford Cathedral service on 19th December. This way, if you can’t make one of our physical services, or you are no longer in the area, you can watch it from anywhere via our website.

Remember in your own way

As well as the live-streamed service, we will be offering everyone who has made a dedication online the ability to collect a free tea light and Christmas decoration from our retail stores, which you can write your loved-ones name on and have a a lasting keepsake.

View the Book of Remembrance

Every dedication made will be included in our printed Book of Remembrance which will be on display for you to view at the Hereford Cathedral service on 19th December.

Visit the Wall of Remembrance

Every dedication made will be included on our Wall of Remembrance which will be displayed outside of Hereford Cathedral before Christmas.

LUAL Dedication page on laptop

View the names of those you have remembered in our Book of Remembrance and our Wall of Remembrance which will be on display at Hereford Cathedral.

Light up a Life Appeal

Many people choose to support St Michael’s Hospice at Christmas by adding a donation to their dedication. It’s essential donations like these that mean we can continue to provide outstanding care to those who need it most, whenever they need it.

We rely on the generous gifts and donations we receive to ensure that we raise the £5.8million needed to keep our doors open and our incredible services and care available to everyone 365 days of the year.

When making a dedication online, you will be given the option to include a donation if you wish to. We will also have donation envelopes available at our services.

Attend a service

Our services will be filled with love and moments to remember where you will be able to enjoy readings, music, poetry, and take part in a community-wide lighting of candles where each tiny flame will have a far-reaching effect.

To ensure that all families have time and space to enjoy the service safely, we kindly ask that you
pre-register your attendance online. 

Once you’ve made a dedication, you can collect a free tea light and Light up a Life Christmas tree decoration from any of our retail stores to take home and remember your loved one in your own time.

What we did last year

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 we held a virtual Light up a Life event. We are so pleased to be able to hold in-person events this year where we can all come together to remember those we love. We will be live-streaming the service from Hereford Cathedral on 19th December this year, and you will be able to watch it here on this page.

Help & Support

Please remember that if you are living with a terminal illness, or caring for someone who is, or you have been bereaved, we are here to help. Just call our advice line on 01432 852 080.
The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Make a free Will

Writing a Will is one of the most important parts of planning for the end of life. It shouldn’t be scary or something you always put off. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 98, it’s an essential part of making sure that the people and causes you care about are looked after when you’re gone.

Leave a gift in your Will

Legacies of all sizes are vital for St Michael’s Hospice: they help us to continue providing all our services free of charge. Legacies help secure the future of the Hospice and account for approximately 20% of our indispensable voluntary income.

Bereavement Support

While grief is a natural part of life, when someone you love dies it can also be a difficult and sometimes devastating experience. Like many people, you may find it helpful to talk to someone outside your family and friends. 

24-hour advice line

Our 24 hours phone number is a single point of access allowing you to speak confidentially to members of our clinical team who can provide advice and information on subjects like accessing services and controlling symptoms.