RELATIVES can remember their loved ones by placing special messages on a Christmas tree.
The Leigh Park branch of The Co-operative Funeralcare features a tree that is decorated with stars – each with their own message in tribute to a loved one.
Clients from the past year were invited to come and place message cards on the tree.
Celebrant Felix Muscat visited the Leigh Park branch and led a blessing ceremony for the tree.
He said: ‘I’m certain that the simple act of placing the names of loved ones on to their Christmas tree will help give bereaved families comfort this Christmas.’
Pauline Lympany, area operations manager, said: ‘It is a privilege to be able to offer the service at this special time of year, which is a very difficult time for all of those who have lost loved ones.’
Similar trees are also on display in funeral homes in Waterlooville, Hayling Island, Emsworth and Portsmouth.