MORE than 40 businessmen, councillors and Shoreham community representatives gathered for a dedication service last Wednesday.
Caring Lady funeral director, in High Street, has recently been refurbished and the service was held to dedicate the new chapel of rest.
Sector manager Jan Citrone said they were grateful for the support from various sections across the town, including East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton.
She explained that the chapel of rest was now bigger and the branch refurbishment had also meant they now have a cold room for the first time.
Jan explained: “When someone does pass away, people can have their loved one brought here and they can remain here until the day of the funeral.
“It is nice for the family to be reassured that their loved one is near where they are, so they can phone up and come to see them more easily.”
Until now, the nearest cold room had been at the Worthing branch.
Another feature at the Shoreham branch, one of six in the group, is the memorial garden, where people are welcome to just sit quietly and remember their loved ones.
Funeral co-ordinator Mary Hughes explained that clients are able to place a plaque on the wall for free, and bring fresh flowers if they wish.
She said many people used the garden, especially at Christmas and on special days, like Mother’s Day.
Guests were welcomed to the Chapel of Rest Dedication by Jan, before the Rev Ann Waizeneker, from St Mary and St Nicholas churches, led the opening prayers.
The Rev Andrew Reed, from Shoreham and Lancing Methodist Church, gave a reading, then civil celebrant Shirley Hutchinson read a poem, called An Autumn Day.
Prayers of dedication were led by the Rev Gail Suppouris, from the Church of the Good Shepherd, then Shirley read a second poem and the Rev Waizeneker gave the blessing.
Refreshments followed, when gathered guests had the chance to see more of the branch, which includes a comfortable room to sit and talk.
n Donations of Easter eggs and craft materials are being requested by Caring Lady funeral directors across Sussex, to give to children at Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Arundel.
Louise Collins, community fund-raising manager at the hospice, said: “The children enjoy doing Easter egg hunts around the house and it always provides hours of fun and laughter for our children and their families.
“Play therapists love organising the activities with all the craft materials that come in.”
Jan said last year, 150 Easter eggs were collected at the Shoreham branch.
Donations of eggs, as well as any sort of art and craft materials for children which can be used for fun Easter-themed activities, can be taken along until March 22.
They will then be delivered to the hospice in time for the Easter weekend.