Special greetings cards with a pop-out star are being sent out to families who have lost a loved one this year to let their memories shine bright this Christmas.
Residents are being invited to hang their stars on memory trees being put up in Southern Co-op branches of The Co-operative Funeralcare throughout December.
There will also be a special event held in branches on 11 December between 1pm and 3pm for people to gather together and share stories and mince pies.
The trees will give everyone the opportunity to write a personal message to someone who is no longer with them this Christmas.
Ingrid McAllister-Derry, from Southern Co-op’s free Bereavement Centre, said:
After someone close to you has died, any celebration can be particularly hard. The memory stars give people the opportunity to re-live happy moments and make sure their loved ones are still included in this special time of year.
For those who are finding it particularly hard, we have advice on our website and our free bereavement support is available to everyone.
The cards are being sent out to all families who have been supported by a Southern Co-op branch of The Co-operative Funeralcare and they are also available free in-store for others to place a star on their trees.
Branches of The Co-operative Funeralcare taking part are:
- Berkshire – 12 Rectory Row, East Hampstead in Bracknell
- Dorset – 2 High Street, Gillingham; Greenacre House, Salisbury Road in Shaftesbury; and 4 Market House, Station Road in Sturminster Newton
- Hampshire – Andover at 22 London Street; Basingstoke at 1 Buckland Parade, Buckland Road; Bishops Waltham at 24 High Street, St George’s Square; Copnor at 65 Tangier Road; Cosham at 47 High Street; Cowplain at 37A London Road; Eastney at 131 Eastney Road; Emsworth at 31 North Street; Fareham at 86 Trinity Street; Farnborough at 68 Victoria Road; Fleet at 287 Fleet Road; Fratton at 157 Fratton Road; Gosport at 147 Stoke Road; Hayling Island at 20 Mengham Road; Leigh Park at 224 Dunsbury Way; Liss at 3 Lower Mead, Hillbrow Road; North End at 52 London Road; Paulsgrove at 181 Allaway Avenue; Rowner at 11 Rowner Road; Somerstown at 68 St James Road; Southsea at 128 Albert Road; Waterlooville at 320 London Road; Whitchurch at 3 Winchester Street; and Widley at 1 Cornwall Buildings, London Road
- Isle of Wight – East Cowes at 8-10 Ferry Road; Freshwater at The Avenue; Lake at 1 The Fairway, Sandown; Newport at 61 Upper St James Street; Ryde at 45 St John’s Road; and Shanklin at 76 Regent Street
- Somerset – Frome at 1 Nunney Road; and Frimley Green at 3 Wharf Road
- Sussex – 65 High Street, Uckfield; 230 Chichester Road in North Bersted; 1 Kingsham Avenue in Chichester; 103 -105 Felpham Way in Felpham; 202 Kings Parade, Findon Road in Findon Valley; and 6 Nyetimber Lane in Rose Green
- Wiltshire – Surrey Ash Vale at 231 Shawfield Road; and 3 George Street in Warminster