Loved ones remembered at Belfast hospice lights celebration
Families from across Belfast and beyond gathered last night at the Northern Ireland Hospice to celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones.
Around 1,400 people gathered in north Belfast at the poignant annual Lights To Remember event.
Following an emotive service at Dominican College Fortwilliam hosted by Hospice President Paul Clarke, the crowd followed a candlelit procession to the grounds of the new Hospice facility on Somerton Road.
Thousands of lights of remembrance on the Hospice tree were switched on as people came together to reflect and shine a light in memory of their loved one.
Those who attended the moving event also enjoyed renditions by Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh.
The NI Hospice offers this free event every year to all people across the whole of Northern Ireland - whether or not they or their family has been supported by its care services.
"It's a place to remember and share the grief we all feel at the loss of our most dearly loved ones," a Hospice spokesperson said. "A time when we can come together to share our thoughts and emotions with many others who have known the same experience."
Funds raised in this year's appeal will ensure NI Hospice provides care for more than 3,000 adults with life-limiting illnesses.