Alzheimers Northland is launching a new way to remember and celebrate the lives of lost loved ones this Christmas. Floating Bye is a floating flower beach ceremony open to anyone who wants to remember loved ones at a time of year when they can be missed even more than usual. Those who can’t make it to the ceremony, at 10am on Sunday, December 9 at Waitangi, can dedicate a flower which will be floated on their behalf. Alzheimers Northland spokeswoman Hannah Hunter said the short beach ceremony would comprise readings, music, and floating the flowers on rafts designed by the Kaeo Flower Company to be biodegradable so as not to cause any harm to marine life. “We want to provide a meaningful way to remember our loved ones at Christmas. It’s a time of year that we feel the pain of loss at its rawest. We invite everyone to come along, bring a blanket or a seat and take time to share the moment and your memories with those around you.” Donations will help Alzheimers Northland.