WELDMAR Hospicecare is introducing a brand new way to remember a loved one this summer, whether they were cared for by the charity or not.
Installations of ‘Memory Jars’ will be on display in Lyme Regis, Sherborne and Weymouth this July and August, which will contain handwritten notes featuring memories of people who continue to be missed, and there will also be a service of remembrance broadcast on YouTube and Facebook.
A memory can be included in one of the jars in return for a donation to Weldmar Hospicecare, and each jar, powered by a solar panel, will start to glow as the sun sets during the evening and shine brightly through the night.
The installations, featuring 200 jars in total, will be on display in each location on the following dates:
- July 1 – 11 – Pageant Gardens, Sherborne
- July 15 – 25 _ Langmoor & Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis
- July 29 – August 8 – Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth
April Whitehead, Individual Giving Manager at Weldmar Hospicecare, said: “This really is a lovely way to remember someone who will be missed, and the installations will look stunning when they are glowing at dusk on a summer’s evening.”
“We feel it’s a little early to hold a service of remembrance in person at each venue, so we are going to hold a virtual service, streamed on Facebook and YouTube, on Sunday, July 4.
“We held our Light Up A Life service just before Christmas in the same way, and we were delighted so many people were able to watch it live, and it gave the opportunity to watch it back later if they missed it.”
Aimee Overington has recently joined Weldmar Hospicecare as Bereavement, Counselling, and Spiritual Care Lead.
She said: “Losing someone you love is difficult beyond words, but we will never forget our treasured memories and moments that we shared with them.
“I am fairly new to this role, however I have already experienced what a loving, supportive and caring charity Weldmar is.
“At some point in our lives, we all experience loss and finding coping mechanisms that work for you is different for everyone.
“Light often plays a key part for many people in their bereavement journey, whether it is physically lighting a candle or finding hope and light through challenging and emotional times.
“This year, you can ensure that your memories shine bright from sunset to sunrise each night throughout our displays.”
Messages for the Memory Jars can be submitted at weld-hospice.org.uk, along with a donation for the charity.