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Holidays like Christmas can be bitter sweet times for many
Melbourne Civil Celebrant
Celebrants & Celebrations Network Australia Celebrant Member
Losing a loved one to death is hard. That loved one's absence is obvious - especially on those occasions when family and friends come together to celebrate their birthdays, anniversaries, shared beliefs or shared community times set aside for holidays.
Such times can be very lonely for those whose depth of grief is still acute. Being sad amongst others who are contented and happy can make that loneliness particularly painful.
One way our civil celebrants want to support such people in our communities at these times, is to hold special memorial ceremonies. Melbourne celebrants are holding their first community-based civil memorial to assist people in honouring their loved one and acknowledging the truth that there are times in life where contradictory feelings can be held and energies drained.
This Community Christmas Memorial is free and people of all faiths, and none, are warmly invited to attend on:
Wednesday night 8pm 5th December 2012 at Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre, Melbourne.
For more information, please see:
I attended the Fathers Day Memorial Service, also conducted by local civil celebrants in Melbourne. It was beautifully created and delivered by several celebrants. I encourage everyone to attend the Christmas Service. Take a moment from your busy lives to pause, reflect and remember your loved one this Christmas time. Come alone or why not invite a neighbour, or a friend to attend with you.
Hope to see you there!