Festive trip organised for bereaved people
Christmas can be a painful time for the bereaved, and Reading funeral director A B Walker & Son stepped in to help, organising a festive trip for a group of bereaved people.
In just one of several events organised by the funeral director, the group went from Reading to Winchester Cathedral and the Christmas market.
A B Walker’s Head of Bereavement Care, Melissa Walker, said: “Facing Christmas alone, or while grieving, can be daunting. We wanted to do what we could to help. Those who went along looked forward to the event and loved the day.”
One attendee, Valerie Henshall, who lost her husband Adrian, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself and wish to thank everyone for their kindness to me. A B Walker are just the best, I really appreciate the care they have extended to me over these past years.”
Every year the funeral director holds a service of remembrance at Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin, St Mary’s Butts. It has also set up The Link Bereavement Care Group with charity Cruse Bereavement Care, which has provided a free bereavement course for more than 100 people who have lost loved ones.
The six-week courses, originally set up to support A B Walker & Son clients, proved so successful that the service was opened up to the wider community. Anyone in Berkshire who has been bereaved in the past year, can email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.Tags: A B Walker & Son, Christmas for the Bereaved, Cruse Bereavement Care, Festive Trip, Melissa Walker, The Link Bereavement Care Group, Trip for Bereaved People