Service brings comfort at Christmas December 8, 2023

Families came from far afield to join Chelmsford Star Co-op Funeral Directors at their annual Christmas Remembrance Service, this year hosted by the Old Park Meadow natural burial ground in Dunmow. It was the first time the event had been held ‘in person’ since the pandemic, with the last three events being streamed online only.

As usual, the service provided comfort to many, with both religious and non-religious readings, a moving photo tribute, Christmas carols, and the Royal British Legion Standard Bearer being accompanied by a live piper and The Last Post. Messages of remembrance to lost loved ones were hung on a Christmas tree that was then blessed by Reverend Rod Reid. Celebrant, Carolyn Turrall, read a poignant seasonal poem, with the event topped and tailed by Chelmsford Star Co-op’s President, Tony Price, and local Celebrant, Peter Moule.

One attendee, from Chelmsford, said; “I found this evening to be so special. There were some tears, but it was more joyful than I expected. It’s left me feeling a bit Christmassy for the first time.”

Society President, Tony Price, said; “All at Chelmsford Star Co-op are so proud of our award-winning Funeral Directors who have once again arranged a beautiful service to end the year.”

If you need additional bereavement support over Christmas, Co-op Funeral Directors can guide you to some local group help. You can call us 24/7 over the festive period on 0800 028 4808 or find us on facebook @yourlocalfuneraldirector.

Family Liaison Officers

Our Family Liaison Officers were on hand to support and provide refreshments.

Our Speakers

Our hosts for the evening; Tony, Rev Rod, Carolyn and Peter.


Attendees came from far and wide, and also watched a live streaming online.


Piper, Conway Buckle performed several moving tributes.

Standard Bearer

Standard Bearer Peter Hart brought the service to a moving close.