Councillor Viddy Persaud Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety and the Mayor of Havering, Councillor Michael Deon Burton joined families in a service of remembrance and thanksgiving for loved ones who have been cremated at South Essex Crematorium or buried within one of the borough’s cemeteries.
The interdenominational service took place at St Edward’s Church, Romford Market by kind permission of St Edward’s ministry team and was led by the Revd. Ian Bunce of Romford Main Road Baptist Church.
Cllr Persaud, who is also cabinet member for Births, Deaths and Marriages, said:
‘This popular service offers families and friends a time of reflection and the encouragement that they are not alone.
‘The Act of Remembrance allows the bereaved to light a candle and is just one way in which staff at South Essex Crematorium continue to show compassion and care for families beyond a funeral.’
A retiring collection of £458.33 for St Francis Hospice, OrangeLine, will help combat social isolation of the bereaved and others in Havering.
The helpline is for local people of all ages who may be bereaved, feeling isolated or lonely and is available on 01708 758649, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday with an answer phone available outside these hours.