Christmas memorial service at crematorium

By Barrie Hudson - 20 November 2023


North Wiltshire Crematorium is issuing an open invitation for local people to visit on Sunday 10 December for its annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service.

The gathering at the crematorium, sited off Swindon Road near Royal Wootton Bassett, provides a valuable opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember their loved ones in the run-up to Christmas, a time when people can particularly feel their losses.
The service starts at 11am and will include a selection of readings and popular Christmas Carols. It is free to attend, and no advanced booking is required.
Visitors will be able to place memorial tags on a Christmas tree in remembrance of a loved one and light a commemorative candle.
They will also be able to post cards, letters and messages in the crematorium’s Letters to Loved Ones memorial post box, which was installed earlier this year as another way for the bereaved to feel a connection with their loved ones. Cards and pens will be provided before and after the service.
Manager Katie Capel said: “Our annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service provides a fitting way for people to reflect and honour their loved ones during the festive season.
“For some, especially if they are quite recently bereaved, the festive period is often a time when they feel their loss more.
“This service provides a chance for people to not only pay tribute to their loved ones but also be in the company of other people who are in a similar situation, which in itself can be a source of comfort.
“We know from feedback we’ve had in previous years that the service brings some solace and peace to local people at this time of year.
“Our Christmas carol service is open for anyone and everyone who lives, works or who is visiting the communities surrounding our crematorium in leading up to Christmas. Everyone is welcome.”
North Wiltshire Crematorium is part of Westerleigh Group, one of the UK’s largest independent owners-operators of crematoria and cemeteries, with 40 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, all set within landscaped gardens of remembrance intended to provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.
Christmas can be a particularly poignant time of year for the bereaved, and Westerleigh Group is running a special offer of 10 percent off memorials purchased between 1 November 2023 and 31 December 2023. Tterms and conditions apply.
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