Berkshire based funeral directors A.B. Walker & Son held its second annual service of remembrance on March 2.
The service saw over 500 bereaved people come together at Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin in St Mary’s Butts to light candles in memory of loved ones. The service was officiated by The Venerable Olivia Graham, Archdeacon of Berkshire.
Julian Walker, managing director of A.B. Walker said: “It was a very moving service and we hope that those who attended found comfort from being there. It was a chance for those who had lost a loved one to be with others who had also suffered bereavement. It was a time for them to pause and reflect. We realise there is a great need for people to collectively remember.”
Having supported bereaved families for nearly 200 years, A B Walker & Son decided upon the yearly event after the first event in 2013 received such a positive response. Almost 500 people were in attendance.
The company has also set up a Link Bereavement Care Group alongside the charity Cruse Bereavement Care to help the bereaved in the community.