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Special Service to Remember Loved Ones

Wed, 24 October 2012

Remembering Loved Ones at St Albans Cathedral

A service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will take place at St Albans Cathedral on Sunday 25th November at 3pm.

This is the fifth year that the Cathedral’s Ecumenical Chapliancy and the St Albans & District Bereavement Network, together with support from the clergy and staff of St Albans Cathedral, have arranged a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. The service is an opportunity to remember, give thanks and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have died and is suitable for all ages.

A popular part of this service is the release of Doves in front of the Cathedral’s West Doors and this will take place again before the service at 2.30pm. As the Doves are released for their flight home everyone is invited to remember their loved ones and give thanks for their friendship and continuing love for them.

The Sub Dean of St Albans Cathedral, Canon Richard Watson will conduct the service and the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir will lead the singing. Commenting on the service, the Sub Dean said, “It’s a huge privilege for the Cathedral to welcome so many people to this service each year. The opportunity to gather together offers a unique support and is in itself an expression of hope and thanksgiving. All are very welcome.”

The service will be attended by The St Albans Deputy Mayor Councillor Julie Bell. The Address will be given by The Right Reverend John Gladwin, Patron of the St Albans Bereavement Network, who commented that “coming together, in a place of peace and quiet such as the sacred space we find in St Albans Cathedral, can be especially refreshing whatever our faith and whoever we are.”

Dr Michael Elves, Chairman of the St Albans Bereavement Network said “this special occasion is open to all who are bereaved and we do hope it will be a meaningful and welcoming occasion for everyone”.

A Book of Remembrance is also being compiled. This will be displayed in the Ramryge Chapel from Easter 2013. Anyone wanting to have the name of their loved one inscribed in the 2013 edition can contact SABN for a reply slip. These are also available at St Albans Cathedral and on the day of the service.

For more information or if you are unable to attend the service but would like to talk to someone about the loss of a loved one, please contact the SABN Helpline on 01727 841841 or visit our website for further advice and support www.sabn.org.uk.

Now in its tenth year, SABN offers free support to bereaved children, young people, adults and their families who live within the St Albans City and District, to enable them to make sense of their loss and move forward with hope.

Tel: 01727 841914 (Admin Line)

Email: admin@sabn.org.uk

Website: http://www.sabn.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The consequences of the death of a close relative are huge for everyone but particularly for children whose lives may be totally disrupted. Now in its tenth year, SABN offers support to bereaved children, young people, adults and their families who live within the St Albans City and District, to enable them to make sense of their loss and move forward with hope. Services are provided free of charge and SABN is reliant on grants and voluntary donations, in addition to the services of a large group of highly trained volunteers.

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