DOZENS of people prayed and remembered lost loved ones at a memorial carol service.
The Light up a Life event held at St George’s Church in Waterlooville last night saw young and old take part in the ceremony.
Trecia Aspey, from Waterlooville, was there to remember her son Graham, who died in 1998 aged 16.
He was looked after at Naomi House after he suffered with juvenile Huntington’s disease.
Trecia said: ‘I lost my son at Naomi House 16 years ago and they were so good to us at the time.
‘I’ve been on the committee for many years until I finally retired last year.
‘I still continue to support them as much as I can.
‘Families and the children benefit from it.’
The service last night was put on for families and it supported hospices Naomi House and Jacksplace.
The candle-lit service saw cadets from Waterlooville take part and read in the service.
Leading Cadet Denise Bennett, the mayor cadet of Havant, read from St Luke.
Mrs Aspey added: ‘In the end Graham was in a wheelchair, tube-fed and everything.
‘I came to a point when I desperately needed support from someone and they were there.
‘Particularly at this time of year if you’ve lost a child this time of year is quite a difficult time. It’s so important to the families.’
Mary Ramsay organised the event yesterday and is a volunteer at Naomi House.
She said: ‘It’s a way of people remembering people who are not with us anymore.
‘It’s a lovely service because it’s all candle-lit.
‘It raises the profile of Naomi House.’
The hospice is based near Winchester
The service was led by Father Mike Sheffield, from St George’s Church.
He said: ‘A lot of people here will have had a child at Naomi House so part of it’s to remember those people and pray for those people.
‘It’s vital for parents who have lost a loved one to have any opportunity to think about that person.’
Carols sung included Once in Royal David’s City, Angels from the Realms of Glory and First Noel.