Me­mo­rial ser­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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