You may have attended one of the many events that St Christopher’s hosts during the year, providing an opportunity for you and others to come together and remember family and friends who have died.
We spoke with Jane Norris (pictured), whose son, Will, died aged 18 at the hospice in October 2016.
“My family and I have attended lots of events at St Christopher’s; everything from the Remembering services to the Christmas Market to Fun Walk. These events have helped our family as they bring us all together to remember Will. He will never be forgotten but remembering him, with others who have faced the same heartache, gives you a feeling of belonging.
We are all united in a mutual desire to help St Christopher’s who did so much to help the people we loved. The hospice is there for everyone in the family both during their illness and after they have died. You feel like there is always someone to talk to. I often pop in to see the brass leaf that we put up in Will’s memory on one of the hospice’s Tribute Trees and find a friendly person to talk to.
The hospice is there for everyone in the family both during their illness and after they have died.
It is really important to me that I carry on attending the Remembering events. Will did not want a permanent memorial so these events give family and friends a place to be together with the common purpose of remembering him and raising funds in his memory for such a wonderful charity. I remember going home after the Fun Walk with a real sense of belonging to a special community and proud that walking in memory of Will would help other families cope through the most difficult of times.”
Christmas can be a challenging time of year and our Remembering services see families, friends and communities attend to remember people that are important to them; together.
There are two services, one in Orpington and one in Sydenham, in November and December. Find out more at stchristophers.org.uk/remembering