Light a Candle 2021

We want to invite all our clients, together with their families and friends, to remember the people they miss at special ‘Light a Candle’ gatherings during the next few months. Each branch will open a local venue so that you can drop in, give thanks for your loved one, and light a candle in their memory. Details of Light a Candle events, locations and times can be found below.

The annual Light a Candle services, held by the various branches of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, have always been such an important part of our work. They’re an opportunity for the staff in our branches to invite the bereaved families and friends they have served while arranging funerals to gather together and remember the people they miss most. Each one is a chance to remember, reflect, and light a candle.

Life can be so very busy and many of our clients, who often become our friends, greatly appreciate these opportunities to remember the ones they miss. However, thanks to Covid, the 2020 services were replaced by a single ceremony, which was streamed online and can still be seen on our YouTube channel. While it was a helpful alternative, it was nowhere near as good as the usual services in a local church and the physical action of lighting a real candle in a real place.

However, we’re all painfully aware that we’re not out of the woods yet. Covid is still with us, and many people continue to feel uncomfortable in large public gatherings. So, the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group have made the decision to do things a little differently in 2021, but still give everyone the chance to light a candle.

Each Hunnaball branch is partnering with a local church or venue, to open a space for a few hours so that people can drop in when they’re ready, to give thanks, remember, and light a candle for their loved one. In this way, everyone can remain socially distanced and wear masks if they want to. It is an opportunity, not only for our own clients, but for anyone who has lost a family member or friend and would like to remember them.

We think that after the Covid pandemic it’s even more important that we give real opportunities to Light a Candle.

Venues will be hosted by members of our amazing team, who will be happy to talk and give direction. In many cases, these will be the people who served you, so it is a chance to remake acquaintances and chat to old friends. There might also be a member of the local community to talk to and pray with, if needed.

We truly hope that these Light a Candle days will be helpful, helping many to remember and give thanks in a meaningful way. We hope to see you there.

If you want to know more, please talk to your local branch.

Light a Candle days                                  

Witham branch

Saturday 9th October 2021, from 10am – 2pm

Venue –  Witham URC, 90 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AH

Ipswich branches (Dove House and Spring Road)

Saturday 16th October 2021, 10am – 2pm

Venue – St Mary and St Botolph Church, Church Lane, Whitton, Ipswich, IP1 6LT

Chelmsford branch

Saturday 6th November 2021, 10am – 2pm

Venue – St Mary’s Church, London Road, Widford, Chelmsford, CM2 8TE

Braintree branch (Janet C Davies)

This event will take the form of a service of remembrance.

Sunday 7th November 2021, Service begins at 3pm

Venue – St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Bocking, CM7 5JY

Manningtree branch (Geo. Paskell of Manningtree)

Saturday 13th November 2021, 10am – Noon

Venue – St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Lawford, CO11 2JX