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Memory Jars – stunning light installations coming to Dorset in memory of loved ones

Remember a loved one with a message in a Memory Jar this summer

Weldmar Hospicecare is delighted to introduce a brand new, and very special way, to remember a loved one this summer.

Installations of ‘Memory Jars’ will be on display in Sherborne, Weymouth, and Lyme Regis this July and August, which will contain handwritten notes featuring memories of people who continue to be missed.

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 two hundred jars in total, will be on display in each location on the following dates:

1st – 11th July – Sherborne – Paddock Gardens
15th – 25th July – Lyme Regis – Langmoor and Lister Gardens
29th July – 8th August – Weymouth – Greenhill Gardens

April Whitehead is Individual Giving Manager at Weldmar Hospicecare, and says, “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 in person at each venue, so we are going to hold a virtual service, streamed on Facebook and YouTube, on Sunday 4th July.  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 us as Bereavement, Counselling, and Spiritual Care Lead, and says, “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 left here, where you can also make your donation.

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