Man­ning Funeral Cot­tage re­mem­bers

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

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 mla@man­ning­fu­ner­

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.

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