Service marks loss
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.