Re­mem­ber­ing de­parted chil­dren at Xmas

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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.

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