Loved ones remembered this Christmas

Two special remembrance services were held last week, with a heartwarming Christmas message for those recently bereaved or struggling during the festive period.

They took place at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford and in our own private chapel in Braintree, in what has become an increasingly popular annual tradition. An uplifting mix of soloists, musicians and carol singing, candles were lit to remember lost loved ones and personal messages were hung from a specially blessed Christmas tree. An air of poignancy fell over those gathered at both venues at the close of the evening as the Royal British Legion trumpets and standard bearers performed The Last Post.

The service ended with mulled wine and mince pies, as the congregation gathered with Family Liaison Officers to share memories and swap stories. One guest said, “tonight was everything I wanted it to be – emotional, uplifting, and very well needed. It really helped me.”

Many people find this time of year difficult. If you need some extra help, find out about our free bereavement groups or counselling sessions here. Alternatively, consider talking to the Samaritans on 116 123.

If you know of someone struggling, why not give them a call on Christmas Day? It may be the best Christmas Present they receive.