Vale Royal Crematorium is issuing an open invitation for local people to visit on Thursday 7 December to take part in its annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service.
The festive gathering provides a valuable opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas, a time when people can particularly feel their losses.
The service starts at 7pm and will include a selection of readings and popular Christmas Carols.
It is free to attend but those intending to be there are being asked to inform the crematorium in advance by emailing:
Visitors will be able to write personal message tags which will be put onto a memory tree and can light commemorative candles.
Names and images of those who have been lost will be shown on a big screen in the chapel. Anyone who would like their loved one to be featured should send an image and name to:
...by Monday 4th December.
Emails should include the heading “Christmas Service Photo Slideshow.”
Visitors will also be able to post cards, letters and messages in the crematorium’s Letters to Heaven memorial post box, which was installed earlier this year as another way for the bereaved to feel a connection with their loved ones.
Cards and pens will be provided prior and after the service.
Donations will be invited in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.
Vale Royal Crematorium is part of Westerleigh Group, one of the UK’s largest independent owners-operators of crematoria and cemeteries, with 40 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, all set within beautifully landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.
Manager Dave Haslam said:
“Our annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service provides a fitting way for people to reflect and honour their loved ones during the festive season.
“For some, especially if they are quite recently bereaved, the festive period is often a time when they feel their loss more.
“This service provides a chance for people to not only pay tribute to their loved ones but also be in the company of other people who are in a similar situation, which in itself can be a source of comfort.
“We know, from feedback we’ve had in previous years, that the service brings some solace and peace to local people at this time of year.
“Our Christmas carol service is open for anyone and everyone who lives, works or who is visiting the communities surrounding our crematorium in leading up to Christmas. Everyone is welcome.”
Those who are unable to attend on the night but wish to view the service as a live webcast should visit:
...enter the username ‘valeroyal’ and the password ‘star'.
For those not able to watch it live, or those who attend but who would like to see it again, the service will be available to view online as a ‘watch again’ option, using the same details above, from Monday 11 December, for 28 days.
Christmas can be a particularly poignant time of year for the bereaved, which is why Westerleigh Group is also running a special offer of 10% off memorials purchased between 1 November 2023 and 31 December 2023 (terms and conditions apply).
For more information, visit: