In the heart of autumn, as the leaves fall and the air turns crisp, a community comes together to honour the memories of their loved ones in a special event known as Light Fever. This poignant occasion is held annually as part of Remembrance Week, a time when hearts are heavy with the weight of loss but also filled with the warmth of shared memories.
During this heartfelt event, the chapel doors stand open, welcoming students and community members alike. Within the quiet sanctuary, the flickering light of over 120 votive candles illuminates the space, each one a symbol of love, remembrance, and the enduring bond between the living and the departed.
For every candle lit, there is a story, a cherished memory, and a soul remembered. Participants, young and old, come forward with heavy hearts but a profound sense of purpose. In the soft glow of the candles, they find solace, a moment to reflect on the lives that have touched them deeply. Each candle represents not just a life lost but a life celebrated—a testament to the enduring impact of those who have left this world but live on in the hearts of those they've touched.
The act of lighting a candle is symbolic. In the simple yet profound gesture of striking a match and allowing the flame to dance, there is a connection forged between the realms of the living and the deceased. It is a gesture of love, of remembrance, and of hope—a hope that even in the face of loss, the light of cherished memories can guide us through the darkest of times.
The event doesn't just stop at the chapel doors. In the age of social media, the hashtag #LightFever has become a beacon, spreading the message of remembrance far beyond the physical boundaries of the chapel. It signifies unity, reminding everyone that grief is a universal language and that, together, they can find strength and support in their shared experiences.
Light Fever is more than an event; it is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. In the soft glow of candlelight, amidst tears and smiles, a community finds healing. They find that even in the midst of loss, the light of love and remembrance can bring warmth to the coldest of days, reminding them that the ones they love are never truly gone as long as they are held in the embrace of memory and honoured by the light of a candle.