Co-op’s Christmas tree can help with grieving process

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Bereaved people are invited to write to their loved ones using a special Memorial Christmas Tree.

Customers of Co-operative Funeralcare in Hemel Hempstead will be sent paper baubles on which they can write messages in memory of people they have recently lost. The bespoke decorations will then be hung on Christmas trees in the funeral company’s Marlowes and Wood Lane branches.

Debbie Smith, funeral arranger at Marlowes, said: “Christmas can be a difficult time of year if you have lost someone close to you. One lady who used the service last year said the memorial tree is the equivalent of being able to send her husband a Christmas card.”

The two branches also invite clients to a Christmas memorial service at the Wood Lane centre on December 19 at 6.30pm.

It will feature candle-lit carols led by the Rev Garry Jenkins of Belmont Road Baptist Church, as well as mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments. For more information visit the branches or call the Wood Lane centre on 01442 255689.