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William Barrett and Sons partner with St Augustine Uniting Church for memorial service

Local singers Olivia, 14 and Tanya Kavanagh will perform at the service. Photo is supplied.
Local singers Olivia, 14 and Tanya Kavanagh will perform at the service. Photo is supplied.

While Christmas is traditionally a time for celebration, it is also a time to reflect, honour memories and remember those we love.

For this reason, William Barrett and Sons funeral home and St Augustine Uniting Church will again unite to host its annual Christmas Memorial Service on Wednesday, December 8.

The service brings the community together to remind people experiencing grief that they are not alone.

Funeral Director Adrian Barrett said the service was open to anyone who wanted to remember a loved one and would include a touching photographic tribute.

"This service recognises that Christmas isn't necessarily joyous for everyone - grief and isolation can be amplified at this time," he said.

"Acknowledging our grief with a ritual such as this, and alongside others experiencing similar emotions, can be of immense value.

"When we deal with families throughout the year, we know the grief doesn't stop after the funeral and that is why this service is so important."

Reverend Greg Ross said he saw the annual service as a "gift" to the community.

"This service is special because we bring people together and have musical groups from the community and volunteers making that happen.

"The feedback we have received over the years has been overwhelmingly positive."

A slideshow featuring photos of those who have died throughout the year will also be shown.

Photographs can be dropped in to William Barrett and Sons at 9 Spencer Street, Bunbury or emailed to info@barrettfunerals.com.au by midday Monday, December 6.

The service will begin at 7.30pm at St Augustine Uniting Church, 119 Mangles Street, Bunbury. A light supper will be served following.