Christmas Carol Service at Westerleigh Cemetery & Crematorium

Christmas Carol Service at Westerleigh Cemetery & Crematorium

by Jana Smidkova

Christmas Carol Service at Westerleigh Cemetery & Crematorium

Westerleigh Cemetery & Crematorium, near Bristol, is inviting local community to visit on Wednesday 7 December to take part in its annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service.

The festive gathering provides a valuable opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

But anyone who, for whatever reason, is not able to attend in person will not miss out, as the service will be made available online through Obitus, the crematorium’s webcast provider.

The service will take place from 7pm in Waterside Chapel and will include a mixture of readings and popular Christmas Carols.

It is free to attend but people are being asked to book their place in advance by emailing or call 0117 937 4619.

Visitors will be able to write messages to their loved ones on tags which will be added to a memory tree, and tea, coffee and mince pies will be available.

Donations will be welcome for St Peter’s Hospice.   

Westerleigh Cemetery & Crematorium is part of Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner-operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 37 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, all set within beautifully-landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, peaceful places for people to visit and reflect.

Site Manager Shaun Chapman-Young said: “Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of year for families who are missing loved ones, and our annual Christmas Carol and Memorial Service provides a fitting way for people to reflect and honour their loved ones during the festive season.

“For some, especially if they are quite recently bereaved, the festive period is often a time when they feel their loss more, and people can feel lonely.

“This service provides a chance for people to not only pay tribute to their loved ones but also be in the company of other people who are in a similar situation, which in itself can be a source of comfort.

“Whether people are attending here in person, or viewing the service online, we know, from feedback we’ve had in previous years, that the service brings some solace and peace to local people at this time of year.”

Those who wish to view the service as a live webcast should visit, enter the username ‘westerleigh’ and the password ‘snow’.

For those not able to watch it live, or those who attend but who would like to see it again, the service will be available to view online as a ‘watch again’ option, using the same details above, from Friday 9 December, for 28 days.