Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

It is difficult to come to terms with the death of a loved one. For many people, even time doesn't completely heal.

Sadly, bereavement is something we will all experience at some point in our life and it can be very painful.

Often what people find is that giving in memory of their loved one is a way to give thanks for the life of the person who has died.

Sharing and remembering is all part of keeping their memory alive, and helping the hospice carry on the good work we do can also be a way of creating a legacy for the person who has died, so their spirit lives on through the work we do here.

Making a donation, setting up a tribute fund, having a collection at your loved one's funeral, leaving a gift in your will, taking part in one of our events or our annual Light Up a Life appeal, donating goods to our shops or giving your time are all ways you can give in memory.

Steven Best

Claire Best and her Children Marc, 14, Abi, nine, and Logan, 18 months, will be dedicating a star to her husband Steven this Christmas.

Light up A life Christmas Tree

Steven was 35 when he died, he had throat cancer and then lung cancer and was cared for by the hospice. 

The couple had known each other since school but it was only when they were in their early 30s that they met again and fell in love. Just a few months later Steven was diagnosed with throat cancer and had surgery. 

Steven recovered and the couple married on Valentine's Day. when they came home from honeymoon they discovered Claire was pregnant with Logan, a little brother for Marc and Abi.

Just a year later the cancer returned and this time Steven received a terminal diagnosis. 

"Steven will always be remembered as the life and soul of any situation, he is someone who could just brighten your day, he was full of fun and laughter and always had a story to tell. He was very passionate and cared a great deal for his family and friends," says Claire. 

"He was a great musician, he taught Marc to play guitar and now he is studying music at school. I just wish Steven could see him, he'd be so proud of him.

"And I wish he could have got a bit more time with his baby boy."

Claire and her family will be at this year's Light up a Life carol service at St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow to remember Steven and celebrate his life.