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Annual Service Gives Families Time to Remember Loved Ones

Wathall’s annual early evening Service of Remembrance and Hope at Derby Cathedral will be held at Derby Cathedral on Thursday December 14th at 6.30pm

Wathall’s, which is Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, organises the memorial service every year – inviting families who have lost loved ones during this and past years.

They will be joined by members of Dandelions Bereavement Support groups in Derby and Ashbourne as well as representatives from local churches, hospitals and nursing homes.

The early evening inter-faith service will include Christmas carols, readings and will finish with the moving poem by a 13-year-old boy ‘My First Christmas in Heaven’.

Staff from Wathall’s branches in Derby city centre, Allestree, Alvaston, Ashbourne, Burton, Borrowash and Chaddesden will then serve refreshments and families are invited to light a candle and hang a message of remembrance on a memory Christmas tree.

Managing Director Helen Wathall MBE is the fifth generation of her family to run the company.

She explained: “The memorial service is an opportunity to remember their loved ones at what is an especially difficult time of year.

 “We organised the first service in 2008 and it has grown every year with some people returning every December to remember a family member – joined by those who have been more recently bereaved.

 “Every year we support a charity at the service and this year’s donations will be go towards Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end of life charity who provide incredible care and support for so many of our families.”

For more information about the service please email