Virtual video ceremony to launch Tree of Remembrance at St Helens Crematorium

Virtual video ceremony to launch Tree of Remembrance at St Helens Crematorium

St Helens Crematorium is hosting a virtual video ceremony this Saturday (12 December) to launch the annual Tree of Remembrance event, organised by the Friends of St Helens Cemetery.

Each year the Friends group donates and decorates a special Christmas tree to the Crematorium, which residents can then adorn with personal messages to lost loved ones.

A special service is normally held at the Crematorium to launch the festive event, but this year the service will be pre-recorded and posted on St Helens Borough Council’s social media channels for residents to view safely from home at 11am on Saturday 12 December.

There will be prayers, poems and readings by Reverend Harry Wood of the St Helens Town Centre team of churches. Catch the event on Twitter https://twitter.com/sthelenscouncil or Facebook www.facebook.com/sthelenscouncil.

The tree will be on display in the cemetery’s Book of Remembrance building over the Christmas and New Year period and visitors are still welcome to contribute personal messages to the tree in person.

The Friends group can also add a message for you if you are unable to attend in person. You can email them at friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com or message them directly on Facebook.

Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“The Tree of Remembrance is one of those projects that remind me of the community spirit we’re so fortunate to have here in St Helens Borough. I am very grateful to the Friends group, who, working with our Bereavement Team and the local faith leaders, have taken the time to do something special every year for those who have experienced loss.

“And after such a difficult year, with many residents experiencing the loss of family and friends, this is more important now than ever before.”

Marlene Downey of the Friends of St Helens Cemetery said:

“Each year we welcome families and the local community to our annual Tree of Remembrance service. 2020 was to be our 10th service in the Crematorium Chapel but the events of this year mean we are not able to meet together and enjoy the carol service and tea and mince pies together.

“We hope this video goes some way to make up for our absence this Christmas and hope that next year we can all gather again in December for this service of remembrance. The Christmas tree is as usual in the Book of Remembrance building on the Crematorium grounds which will be open over the Christmas period and you are very welcome to view it and add your own messages. Happy Christmas to you all with very best wishes for a healthy, happy and peaceful 2021.”

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