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Light Up a Life: What do stars mean at Little Bridge House?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 December 2017

Special edition stars are available from Children's Hospice South West for the Light Up a Life appeal. Picture: CHSW

Special edition stars are available from Children's Hospice South West for the Light Up a Life appeal. Picture: CHSW

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The Starborn Room is a peaceful retreat where families at Children’s Hospice South West can say goodbye

The Starborn room at Little Bridge House is a place where families can say goodbye. Picture: CHSW The Starborn room at Little Bridge House is a place where families can say goodbye. Picture: CHSW

We began this year’s Light Up a Life Appeal with a special star switch-on at Barnstaple’s Square – and for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) the symbol of the star is particularly significant.

When the doors of Little Bridge House opened in 1995 the care team wanted to create a special room where children could lie after death.

As the death of a child is such a personal and private thing, the care team wanted to offer families a very precious way to pay tribute to their child, and so our ‘Starborn’ room was created.

‘Starborn’ is a specially adapted room which allows children to be laid to rest in a more personal way.

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The room has been decorated to replicate a child’s bedroom and offers a serene and beautiful space for family members to say their goodbyes at their own pace.

This is a very special room in Little Bridge House and has become such an integral part of the hospice, that it has been replicated in the charity’s other hospices in Somerset and Cornwall.

For our families, ‘Starborn’ offers a peaceful retreat to celebrate the life of their child.

As one bereaved parent said: “When our son died, I was allowed to be with him. As a family, we were never rushed to say our goodbyes and continued our stay at the hospice as the funeral arrangements were finalised.”

The Light Up a Life appeal provides a way to remember the loss of your own loved ones and as a special memento to celebrate those lives, CHSW has created a limited edition decorative star that can be placed on your Christmas tree year-after-year as a lasting memory.

Hand-crafted locally, especially for the Light up a Life appeal, these beautiful stars are available exclusively through CHSW for just £7 each, including P&P.

Part of the Light Up a Life Appeal is also the poignant candlelit services held throughout the region.

These services, some of which are in conjunction with the North Devon Hospice, provide an uplifting way for anyone who has lost a loved one, whether they have used the hospices or not, to remember those who sadly will no longer be able to celebrate Christmas with us and light a candle in their memory

Details of Light Up a Life services and appeal, plus how to order a star and support the work of Children’s Hospice South West can be found at www.chsw.org.uk/light

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