Ser­vice marks loss

Stratford Press - - News -

Q: I have heard you hold a me­mo­rial ser­vice each year. Who is able to at­tend?

A: Ev­ery year in De­cem­ber, Brian Darth Funeral Ser­vices holds a me­mo­rial ser­vice in our Mary Alice Chapel on Re­gan Street.

This me­mo­rial ser­vice is open to the com­mu­nity.

Even if your fam­ily en­gaged the ser­vices of an­other funeral di­rec­tor, you are still more than wel­come to at­tend this me­mo­rial ser­vice. Also, the ser­vice is not lim­ited to fam­i­lies who have ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of a loved one in the past year. It could go back years — ev­ery­one is most wel­come to at­tend.

Brian has ex­pe­ri­enced the loss of both par­ents and par­ents-in-law and un­der­stands Christ­mas can be a par­tic­u­larly hard time, es­pe­cially that first Christ­mas. When Brian opened up the funeral home he felt it was im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge this. Since our first me­mo­rial ser­vice was so suc­cess­ful we felt it was def­i­nitely some­thing the Strat­ford com­mu­nity may ap­pre­ci­ate as an an­nual Christ­mas ser­vice.

Each year at the me­mo­rial ser­vice, we have a Christ­mas tree for fam­ily mem­bers to write a mes­sage to a loved one.

While some fam­ily mem­bers just write their loved one’s name, oth­ers pre­fer to write a mes­sage — the choice is very per­sonal. After all mes­sages are placed on the tree, John Sandford then con­ducts a small ser­vice, fol­lowed by the tree lights be­ing turned on and, at the con­clu­sion of the ser­vice, light re­fresh­ments are served al­low­ing ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to have a gen­eral catch-up with oth­ers they may not have seen for some time.

We like to em­pha­sise this ser­vice is for the en­tire com­mu­nity and not just the fam­i­lies that we have looked after, so please, if it is some­thing you think you would like to at­tend, we look for­ward to your com­pany. You will al­ways be wel­comed.

This year we are hold­ing our me­mo­rial ser­vice on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 at 3pm so please bring your fam­ily along and par­tic­i­pate in this op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber your loved one at this very spe­cial time of year.

■ Pamela and Brian Darth of Brian Darth Funeral Ser­vices an­swer ques­tions on fu­ner­als in this monthly col­umn. Send ques­tions, care of the Strat­ford Press. Ques­tions will be an­swered in this col­umn only. Pri­vate cor­re­spon­dence will not be en­tered into. They are the only funeral di­rec­tors to live lo­cally.

Pamela Darth of Brian Darth Funeral Ser­vices an­swers your ques­tions in a monthly col­umn.

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