Remembering departed children at Xmas
St Matthew’s Anglican Church, West Pennant Hills is holding its 23rd annual Service of Remembrance for families and friends of children who’ve died or are missing.
“It’s always difficult living in a world without one of your children but on special occasions like Christmas it’s particularly difficult,” says Lynne Molan, whose son Craig passed away in 1987 at the age of 15.
“Christmas, a time of celebration and when families come together, can cause a family whose child is no longer with them, to feel quite isolated and alone.”
On top of coping with grief, there’s also the inability to physically do something for the child. In recognition of this, during the service those present will be invited to place a flower on the communion table, in memory of their child and in recognition of their life.
Representatives from several denominations and Chaplains will be participating in the service
Following the service supper is served. “This too has proved to be a successful part of the service as people who have never met before gain comfort from being with and talking with those who share that common bond – the love for their children.”
Everyone is welcome to come along to the service. – those who’ve lost a child, their friends and people who’d simply like to support the service. For more call St Matthew’s on 9479 3700.