Porirua community members who wish to reflect on lost loved ones are encouraged to attend the Christmas Remembrance Service at Gear Homestead on Friday night.
For many people the death of family members and the grief involved comes into stark focus during the festive season, and each year Ninness Funeral Home offers a supportive and inclusive service.
The service has been running since 2007 and attracts about 100 to 120 people each year. More than 80 are already registered for the December 10 service.
Ninness managing director Brenden Jacobsen says there are five or six families who have attended every Christmas service and draw great comfort from it. The service is centred around a specific theme and this year it is Candles of Remembrance.
Loss and grief specialist Christine Angus will provide a couple of readings and reflect on bereavement, before participants are invited to decorate the Christmas tree with cards bearing personal messages.
The service will conclude with refreshments.
Mr Jacobsen emphasised the service was open to the whole community. It begins at 6.30pm, Gear Homestead, Okowai Rd, Papakowhai.