The Alder Centre

Reflection and Remembrance

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Light up a Life

The Light Up a Life service takes place annually at the Alder Centre.

The service includes the singing of carols and readings, which gives people an opportunity to remember their loved one at what can be a very difficult time of year.

A tree in the garden is covered in lights, each one in memory of someone who will not be sharing Christmas with us. We invite you to remember someone special in a positive way by sponsoring a light on our tree. The lights will be switched on during this event and will remain illuminated until the New Year.

If you would like to sponsor a light, please contact the Alder Centre; you are welcome to join us for this event even if you do not wish to sponsor a light.

Please note: The Light up a Life event is outdoors with standing room only and approximately one hour’s duration.

More information about the Light up a Life service

Cathedral Candle Service

A non-denominational service of remembrance for children is held every December in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. It is organised by Alder Centre volunteers and staff, and bereaved parents, siblings and friends all participate.

Along with songs and readings, a central part of the service is the screening of children’s names and lighting of candles in their memory.

Being in the presence of so many others affected by the death of a child and united in grief can be a comforting experience and people speak of how much it can help them at this difficult time of the year.

More information about the Cathedral Candle Service

Book of Remembrance

A Book of Remembrance is kept in the Alder Centre. You may have an inscription included and the book is there at any time for you to look at. Every Year, on the anniversary of a child’s death, it is opened to the inscribed page as a celebration of your child’s life and to mark their passing.

The Alder Centre is also developing an electronic Remembrance Book, where you can design your own pages, include photographs and music.

Please speak to a member of staff if you would like to develop your own pages for your child.


Contact us on 0151 252 5391

We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).

Find us

The Alder Centre has temporarily moved to the old Alder Hey hospital and is easily accessible from Alder Road. Our postal address is:

The Alder Centre
Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Eaton Road
Liverpool
L12 2AP 

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