Candle ceremony of remembrance

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Celebrant Robyn Pannett, of Teviot Valley, has arranged a special community remembrance ceremony for those who have lost loved ones, and who wish to remember and honour them during the Christmas period.

Mrs Pannett said people who had lost someone special often felt the grief more keenly at Christmas time.

With a trend towards cremation, people were often left without a place to go to remember their loved ones.

The ceremony will be held at 7pm on December 15 at the Rotary garden on the corner of Scotland and Kelso Sts.

“If it rains, we will hold it the next night,” she said.

“The format will be a remembrance ceremony, something meaningful for those who attend, as well as lighting a candle and writing a message to the person.

“Maybe we might have little jars with candles in and put the messages underneath.”

Mrs Pannett is a civil celebrant and recently completed a module on ceremonies to help transition through grief and crises.

“I want to use my training to to do something that is helpful to the community.”

She has already had some interest in the idea.

“I have no idea how many would like to attend until they turn up; it could be from two or three people to more than 30.”

Mrs Pannett can be contacted on 0274231-010.