Candlelight service to remember loved ones

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South Ayrshire Council will be holding the annual Christmas Candlelight Service at Masonhill Crematorium on Sunday 14 December.

Bringing families, loved ones and friends together, it is a time to reflect on those we have lost and is particularly poignant for those who have lost people they care about in the last year.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder said: “This service is for anyone who would like to remember loved ones they have lost.

“Christmas can be a difficult time of the year, during the festive season when everywhere we turn, whether it is on the television, in cards, songs or advertisements, we see happy families sharing Christmas. This can bring back lots of happy memories of Christmas past but also a great sense of loss that you will never again share the festivities with someone you have lost.

“Whether you have religious beliefs or not, there will be something in the service to comfort people who are finding Christmas difficult, particularly that first Christmas after someone has died.

“Come along to the service on your own, with friends or colleagues and you can be assured of a warm welcome and a caring service.”

Through song, readings and prayers - led by the Reverend David Gemmell, supported by Reverend Liz Crumlish and Drew Brady, Funeral Celebrant, the service is comforting, moving and uplifting. .

This year the service will feature Belmont Academy Senior Choir who will lead in the opening procession, in candlelight.

Hot spiced, non-alcoholic fruit punch will be served from 3.30pm, prior to the candlelight service which will start at 4pm and last for approximately an hour.