Neville Funerals, one of the region’s longest established family-owned businesses, has announced that all branches now have their Memorial Trees in place ready for everyone to pop in to place a remembrance message – or, to post a message in, from wherever you are in the country.
For many years Neville Funerals has placed bright and beautifully decorated Memorial Trees in each of their branches, encouraging people to visit and write messages, memories, poems and more in memory of their loved ones.
This year, the family funeral firm is continuing what they started during the Covid pandemic – opening up the campaign to anyone wishing to post in a message, as well as visit in person, and are expecting a huge response as a result.
Charmian Alexander, Director at Neville Funerals explains: “Over previous years, we have seen the impact that the trees have made to people when remembering their loved ones. It’s a wonderful and simple initiative. We know that for so many families a visit to write a special message or memory to hang on the trees had become part of their own Christmas tradition. But we also know that it can be difficult for some to travel into the branch and for others, they may have moved away from the area but still have a strong and sentimental link to us and to the region, because of a loved one that has passed away. So, you can write your message at home and send it back to us and we will place it on the tree on your behalf.
“We’ve printed larger quantities of cards as a result, to make sure that we can accommodate increased numbers of people expected. And we would like to say that everyone and anyone is welcome to participate – the cards are large enough for children to draw a little picture too if they would like to. The cards depict a simple but beautiful picture, symbolising the tradition of lighting a candle in someone’s memory.”
Neville Funerals has sent letters to all their customers to announce the return of the Memorial Trees, together with a Memorial Card for them to complete at home – and have offered to place that message on a tree for them if they would like to post it back to the team, and they will then take a picture of the card in place and email this picture back to the sender. Additionally they will be providing memorial cards to a number of local nursing and care homes for residents to fill in and return to their most local branch.
Charmian continues: “We all felt that a special effort was needed this year and the team was more than happy to go above and beyond to make sure that everyone could access the service, whatever their location or circumstances. We have already invested a huge amount of time in setting up and decorating trees so that they look just right for visitors. At Neville Funerals we pride ourselves on the support that we offer to the community including our bereavement support groups ‘Talking Elephants’ and these trees symbolise the ongoing commitment we have to celebrate the lives of those who have died and to pay tribute to the legacy they leave” The Memorial Trees will be in all Neville Funerals branches from the 1st December to 12.00p.m. on the 23rd December.