Each year, all the branches of Lodge Brothers Funeral Directors place a tree in their windows and invite those families who have lost a loved one in that year to attach a ‘remembrance card’ and give thanks for the life of the one they have lost.
In the end, across the branches, the memorial trees hold hundreds of cards. The branch at Windsor went one stage further and invited people to a small service of blessing on the last Sunday before Christmas, led by local vicar, Rev Margaret Bird.
The dozen or so who attended found the whole occasion very meaningful, some simply to remember and others to continue to try to come to terms with the loss of their loved one.
District Manager, Richard Leachman, commented that “Each person who came had their own individual reason for being there, and everyone could not thank us enough for putting on this simple event. It was very moving”.
Afterwards, Jill Palmer (arranger at Windsor) and Tom Hoyles (arranger at Englefield Green) who set up the event, travelled the few miles to ‘the Green’ and repeated the event there, led by Rev Mark Ewbank, vicar of St Jude’s.