A way to remember lost loved ones this Christmas

A way to remember lost loved ones this Christmas
28 November 2016

Alison Thorp and Christmas TreeThe start of the advent season will be marked in the chapel at Queen’s Hospital by the appearance of an undecorated Christmas tree.

But Head of Spiritual Care Services at the Trust that runs the Burton hospital, Alison Thorp (pictured right), hopes it won’t stay that way for long.

She explained: “Advent is a period of great joy, hope and promise – but for some people it can be quite a sad and poignant time as they remember loved ones that they have lost. So, in the chapel we will have a tree that starts the advent season empty. But next to it will be a box of decorations, each one with a tag attached. We are inviting staff members, patients and visitors to choose a decoration from the box and write on the tag the name of the person they would like to be remembered and hang it on the tree.”

Patients, visitors and staff members are welcome to go in to the chapel at any time if they want to place a name on the tree, or simply to find a moment of quiet reflection. 

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