Float­ing Bye

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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