THE Southland Loss and Grief Centre Remembrance Service will be held in the Victoria Rooms at the Civic Theatre on Wednesday, December 13, at 6pm.
Centre co-ordinator Caroline Loo said this would be the first time the centre would be offering something to the full community.
“Christmas generally is a really happy time for the world, but when you are grieving that reminds you of the loved ones you lost more than it may have in the middle of winter.”
People didn’t have to be associated with the centre to attend, everyone was welcome, she said.
“Anyone who had had someone who had died during any stage of their life was welcome to attend the service.
“They may have had a grandma who died five years ago and may want to go along and honour her memory, light a candle and take some time to remember her and who they are
because of her.’’
The service would be another opportunity for people to remember and to do something symbolic, she said.
The service will be free, candles will be supplied and local funeral celebrant Ngaire Cameron will speak about how to get through Christmas.
“People may have their grief triggered as Christmas approaches, so we want to be more accessible and have more opportunity to meet their needs.
“We want to make us [the centre] available for longer during the week,” she said.
During the Christmas festive season the centre will be open on Monday, 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 9am-2pm, and Friday 10am-4pm.