MOTHER’S Day may not be all fresh flowers and warm cuddles before breakfast in bed, or handcrafted cards and a scribbled ‘I love you’ on a rainbow painted parchment.
It can be a painful day for those who have lost the precious woman who gave them life, who became their protector and their best friend.
“Mother’s Day can mean many different things – for many different people,” said retired pastor Kerry Medway who will conduct a special remembrance service at the Innes Gardens Memorial Park and Crematorium this Sunday.
“For some this may be the first Mother’s Day without their mother or grandmother, or their first time back at the cemetery since the funeral.”
The Mother’s Day remembrance service began at the local cemetery 10 years ago, after Innes Gardens manager Debbie Hess noticed the many people who went to visit their mothers’ graves.
It has blossomed into a meaningful ceremony uniting the community through a special opportunity to honour the important women in their lives.
“People are really thrilled to have a service on Mother’s Day where they can remember the ladies they lost,” she said.
“It takes many years – if ever – for people to come to terms with it.
“It’s wonderful we can offer people the chance to reflect and to honour them.”
The thought behind the special ceremony is closely related to the original incarnation of Mother’s Day more than a hundred years ago.
In 1908 American woman Anna Jarvis organised the first Mother’s Day celebration in remembrance of her late mother Ann – a social activist in the Civil War.
Later, she would become disgusted with the commercialisation of the day and actively campaign to remove it from the calendar.
“It can be quite sad if we lose sight of the real meaning behind these days,” Mr Medway said.
“Let’s not get caught-up in the celebrations without stopping for a moment to be thankful for our mothers.”
Sunday morning’s ceremony will be held at the at the Innes Gardens Crematorium Chapel on Philip Charlie Drive commencing at 10am.
Pastor Kerry Medway of the Grace Church will present a heartwarming and uplifting speech, with a delicious morning tea to follow.
For more information contact Kerry on 0423 663 301.
Retired pastor Kerry Medway with Innes Gardens Memorial Park Debbie Hess.
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