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Wishing you a peaceful Christmas

Our best wishes for a peaceful festive season...

We wish you a peaceful Christmas. As we come to the end of 2020, we find ourselves reflecting on all of the things that have happened in the last 12 months. It's been a year when everyone has faced real adversity. A year when the difficult challenges that come with grief have been added to, by the effects of COVID and the restrictions that have followed.

Yet as we look back, we can't help but feel incredibly thankful. Not only have we come through the trials of 2020, but we've made real, positive progress; personally, as a family, within our business, and as a part of the many communities we serve through our branches.

All of our teams have worked incredibly hard, adapting to changes, dealing with clients, and continuing to deliver the best possible support in the face of some of the most difficult times in our country's recent history.

We're so thankful and full of admiration for the people we work both with and for, and we have such a lot to be grateful for. We're more aware than ever that together we are stronger.

So, as we move into 2021, we're full of anticipation for a return to some form of normality and we want to assure everyone we work with of our continued hard work, professionalism, and commitment. Whatever this new year throws at us, we will continue to help and support our clients, their families, and the many people around them who are affected by grief and loss. We will always seek to focus on the positives, while overcoming the challenges. And we remain dedicated to the work we do, because we feel privileged to do it and deeply thankful to be given the opportunity to keep doing it.

Whatever happens in 2021, we will come through it together. Contact us if you need anything.

To all of our clients, colleagues, partners, and friends; we thank you for your continued trust, support, and help.

We wish you a peaceful, restful Christmas and a much brighter 2021.

Trevor, Melanie, Saul, Chris, Polly and the entire Hunnaball family and team.

 

I will light Candles this Christmas,
Candles of joy despite all the sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.

From “The Mood of Christmas…” by Howard Thurman - https://youtu.be/ceMcRIfkUSQ


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Name a Star 2020

Name a Star 2020

If there is any time of year when we miss our loved ones most, it's Christmas. Therefore, our traditional Name a Star commemoration is still going ahead this December, despite COVID restrictions. There are, however, a few necessary changes to the way we usually do things.  

We understand how hard it can be for families and friends during the festive period. To offer a little extra support, each year, all of our branches put up specially dedicated Christmas Trees of Remembrance for 'Name a Star'. Then they invite clients, partners and friends, to dedicate a special star in memory of the person (or people) they miss most at Christmas, and hang the star on the tree as an act of memorial. In this way, during December, the Trees of Remembrance fill up with shining memories of the people we miss the most.  

Our Name a Star Trees of Remembrance are a beautiful Christmas tribute to our loved ones, and a reminder that, in the midst of the sparkle and fun, we continue to miss and remember the people we love.  

Ordinarily, people would be invited to pop into their local branch, say hello to the friendly staff, and personally dedicate a star to their loved ones. It's a great opportunity to see a friendly person who understands a little of what we feel and, for some people, has become an important annual ritual in the run up to Christmas... But, with COVID restrictions the way they are, popping anywhere has become a major risk and undertaking. 

Therefore, this year, we've made alternative arrangements. Since it's not possible to 'pop in', we are asking everyone who wishes to 'Name a Star' to call their local branch on the phone instead. Talk to a friendly staff member who will write a dedication on a star on your behalf. Then they will hang the star on the specially dedicated Tree of Remembrance. 

We know that this year's Name a Star will be very different. But we hope it will still be special (and that we will be able to go back to normal next year). We look forward to hearing from you soon and, whatever you do this year, hope you will have a blessed Christmas and a far better New Year. 

Please, call your local branch today and Name a Star.