GV Hospice has organised a Community Candlelight Remembrance Event. All members of the Community are invited to light a candle and write a message for those they wish to remember. The event will take place at the lake foreshore, behind the SAM building.  The candlelight event will take place from 5pm until 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th May 2023.

The past 3 years have been particularly difficult for those who have had loved ones pass away. Many families were unable to hold or attend a funeral to celebrate their loved one’s life in a group setting during the pandemic.

In line with Council requirements battery operated candles will be supplied for a gold coin donation, as will materials to write a message of remembrance. There will be music and a free barbecue available. Non-alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase.

“We hope to have many people come and spend time with other members of the community to remember and celebrate their loved ones.” Executive Manager of GV Hospice Wendy Ross said.

“This is an event for the whole community, not just those who have been connected with GV Hospice. The memorial will be flexible. Some people may wish to come for a short time, light a candle and leave, others may wish to stay for the hour to listen to live background music, enjoy the barbecue and feel supported by the wider community. “

It is hoped that individuals, families and groups of friends can join together and pay tribute to their loved ones in a beautiful setting. There is some seating in the amphitheatre, but community members are invited to bring blankets if they wish.

Well known community member Ian Bull OAM, has generously offered to be the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

“The opportunity for a family to formally and respectfully say their goodbyes, to give thanks and to celebrate a life lived, with the support of family and friends, is a very important part of the grieving and healing processes.  Sadly for many families in our community who have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have been denied that opportunity.  (Ian Bull OAM– Master of Ceremonies).