St Helens Cemetery and Crematorium and GreenAcres Rainford, are inviting residents to join them for a special series of Father’s Day memorial events presented by video on social media on Sunday 21st June starting from 11am.
During the pandemic St Helens Crematorium and GreenAcres have worked together with neighbouring councils to form the Merseyside Bereavement Team. The group which was initially formed in response to the pandemic, decided to collaborate on a coordinated Father’s Day event, knowing this day would be particularly difficult for so many.
Government guidelines have restricted families from coming together in the ways they would normally, making it that much more difficult to commemorate the lives of loved ones who have died. By creating these virtual events, the teams hope that although times have been tough and restrictions have been hard, their message of hope, care and respect is embraced by the families they have served.
Follow @sthelenscouncil on Twitter and Facebook and @GreenAcresRainford on Facebook to view the ceremonies on the day. GreenAcres’ ceremony will be posted at 11am, followed by the council’s ceremony at 12pm.
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Our staff and the team at GreenAcres Rainford have continued to offer dignified and meaningful services during this difficult time with the care and attention that they always have, and I applaud the partnership working to present this remembrance event remotely.
“We hope that these simple recorded ceremonies will provide some small comfort to residents who have lost loved ones before or during the pandemic, who haven’t been able to grieve or celebrate the lives of those who have passed in the way they’d wish to.”