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London: Service for those who have died homeless in past year

  • Mark Brennan

Once again this November, during Remembrance Week, there will be a Service of Commemoration for those who have died homeless in London in the last year at St Martin in the Fields, on Thursday, 9 November, from 11am -1pm.

The service will remember those who have died on the streets, in hostels and shelters, as well as those who managed to move on to more settled lives but who still relied on homelessness services. Colleagues, staff and volunteers who worked with the homeless and have died in the past year will also be commemorated.

The first gesture of dignity in life is being given a name at birth and this is absent when people die homeless and in anonymity. This is why we read out the names at this annual commemoration. Please register the names of persons you wish to be read out during the service by clicking on this link: https://forms.office.com/e/aLLW7uxg69

These should be people known to have died in the Greater London area only since 10th November 2022.

All are welcome.

The service is being organised by St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Connection at St Martins and the Museum of Homelessness. The Bishop of Willesden, The Rt Revd Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, who will be giving the reflection and all those supporting and participating.

Gavin Bryars and his ensemble will be performing at the vigil this year along with Choir With No Name and Streetwise Opera who are mainstay performers at the service every year.

For those unable to come in person, the service can be seen online here:
https://stmartins.digital/a-service-of-commemoration-for-those-who-have-died-homeless/

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