A RUBERY crematorium has extended an open invitation to their festive Christmas memorial services.
The festive gatherings at Waseley Hills Crematorium will involve a special memorial service and Christmas carol performance to help families and friends remember their loved ones ahead of Christmas, a time of year when they feel loss can be particularly difficult.
There are two services on December 6– one at 10.30am and one at 6.30pm – both of which include a selection of readings and popular Christmas Carols, led by a local choir.
Visitors will be able to write personal messages onto starts which will be hung from a tree and there will be a charity raffle in aid of Dementia UK, the crematorium’s official charity partner.
Attendees will also be able to post cards, letters and messages in the crematorium’s Letters to Heaven memorial post box, which was installed earlier this year as another way for the bereaved to feel a connection with their loved ones.
Cards and pens will be provided prior and after the service.
Crematorium assistant Claire Montague said: “Our annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service provides a fitting way for people to reflect and honour their loved ones during the festive season.
“For some, especially if they are quite recently bereaved, the festive period is often a time when they feel their loss more.
“This service provides a chance for people to not only pay tribute to their loved ones but also be in the company of other people who are in a similar situation, which in itself can be a source of comfort.
“We know from feedback received last year that the service brings some solace and peace to local people at this time of year.
“Our Christmas carol service is open for anyone and everyone who lives, works or who is visiting the communities surrounding our crematorium in leading up to Christmas. Everyone is welcome.”
The services are free to attend by emailing [email protected] or calling 0121 387 0710 in advance.
Visit https://events.obitus.com/ , enter the username ‘waseleyhills’ and the password ‘star’ to view the service live online.
A recorded version of the service will be available to watch via the same link from Friday 8 December, for 28 days.