Special service for bereaved

A remembrance service, organised by John Weir Funeral Directors, has raised £660 for Rochester’s Wisdom Hospice.

More than 400 relatives and friends, who lost loved ones over the past year, took part in the special interdenominational service at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham, on Saturday 5 December.

John Weir said: “Many families and friends who have been bereaved are grateful for the chance to remember their loved ones at this very touching and emotional service.”

The service was led by the Vicar of Rainham, the Reverend Judy Henning, while the Reverend James Harratt gave the Bible reading and later led the prayers. Life celebrant Bridget Sapiano read the poem ‘I’m Free’, and Catholic priest, Father Tom McElhone, gave the address.

Among those present was Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chishti, who lit the commemorative candle. The Last Post and Reveille were played by Royal Marine bugler, Colour Sergeant Andrew Cornish, award-winning singer Matthew Crane performed ‘You Raise Me Up’ and piper Peter Tennant played laments to end the service.

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