Manning Funeral Cottage remembers
Christmas is, for many people, a time of fun, festivities, summer holidays or religious observance.
It is when families and friends come together to enjoy each others’ company and wind down from a busy year.
So as you prepare for Christmas, maybe spare a thought for those who will be dreading this time - those who have experienced a death in their family and for whom life will never be the same as they adapt to life without that special person in their lives.
Martha-Louise Asmus of Manning Funeral Cottage often hears the trite words being heaped on grieving families, ‘‘time is a great healer,’’ but she knows firsthand this is not the case. On the surface, people do appear to be getting on with their lives; they often have no other option, but the pain of grief, no matter the duration, can be compared to a recent wound, and it doesn’t take much to knock the top off it.
To those people you know who may be struggling at this time, perhaps a phone call, some flowers picked from your garden or a visit shows them that you still care and they haven’t been forgotten. As the late Helen Kelly said just before her death, ’’The world needs more kindness.’’ How true is this!
Manning Funeral Cottage recognises the need to remember and honour those who have gone before us and is holding a Remembrance Service at 7pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in The Upper Room, 10A Clayton St (just down from the Manning Funeral Cottage chapel) in Newmarket.
As this is a relatively new idea, if you have been cared for, in the past years by MarthaLouise, and would like to attend, please call her on 377 9790 or email email@example.com
The service is a simple, but poignant one and families have remarked how they have drawn comfort from this service as they approach Christmas.
Or, if you would just like to talk to MarthaLouise about funerals, please call into the cottage at 31 George St, Newmarket where you are assured of a warm welcome from Stella.
MarthaLouise and Stella visiting the new Natural Burial Site at Waikumete.