4 November 2013
The public is invited to a "Thanksgiving and Remembrance service" being held at Colchester General Hospital later this month (Nov).
It is being organised by the hospital's chaplaincy team, principally for people who have lost loved ones at Colchester General Hospital or any other hospital in north Essex.
However, the Revd David Flower, Principal Chaplain of the chaplaincy team at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said the service would be open to anyone who had suffered the loss of a loved one, however long ago.
It will take place in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at Colchester General Hospital on Sunday 17 November, beginning at 3pm.
The Critical Care Unit at Colchester General Hospital has played a key role in helping to establish the service, the first of its kind at the Trust, because staff there stay in touch with the families of people who have died on the unit.
Mr Flower said: "We've decided to hold the service at the hospital rather than in a church in order to make it more accessible. It is for everyone of any religion or none.
"The service will not include hymns but there will be music and readings, including religious and non-religious readings, and the lighting of candles.
"People will be there to offer support, including members of the chaplaincy team, such as lay chaplains, and members of staff from the hospital, including colleagues from the Critical Care Unit."
Mr Flower said that November was associated with remembrance because of All Souls Day on 2 November and Remembrance Day.
Refreshments will be available at the end of the service, which is expected to last 30-45 minutes.
Signs at the main reception of Colchester General Hospital will direct people to the Postgraduate Medical Centre, which is nearby.
People attending the service will be able to park free of charge in Staff Car Park E, which is next to the Postgraduate Medical Centre.