‘Their Light Still Shines’ Remembrance Service at Botanic Garden of Wales

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 their fifth annual 'Their Light Still Shines' celebration service on November 20 at 2.30pm, providing a place of light and hope for those who are mourning.
The service will be held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, in the peaceful glass dome. Entry is free via the main entrance and is open to all ages and faiths or none.
12 central candles will be lit, representing members of the family, work colleagues and those who have donated their organs to offer to others life. We will also remember those who have died in the armed forces and police and fire services across the years, with the final candle lit for those who await news of loved ones who remain missing. People will also be given the opportunity to place message on the Christmas tree.
Carmarthen Tenor, Radio Wales presenter and patron of Ty Cymorth, Wynne Evans will be joining the service along with local musicians.
Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: "People have told us that this service gives them an opportunity to come and to express their thoughts in a different way and that those who have no faith or no longer go to a place of worship can join others to light a candle and leave a message for and about their loved one.
"Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time.
"In celebrating and remembering, you will be supporting the work of Ty Cymorth Hospice however you do not have to have used the services of the hospice, you can remember anyone who was special to you, who lit up your life, or was an inspiration.
"I would like to thank the management of the National Botanic Garden of Wales for hosting this event; the great glass house offers a safe space for everyone of faith or no-faith to come together to share the pain of grief."
A memorial book for you to record a personal message will be placed in the Carmarthen Journal office until November 20.
A free bus has been arranged from Peacocks Store, Carmarthen at 1.30pm on the day. In the event that you are unable to attend information can be obtained from the Ty Cymorth Hospice web site www.tycymorth.org.uk and here is the opportunity to complete a dedication and to offer a donation to the hospice.

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