We have thought long and hard whether we should bring the memorial event online. We believe in the importance of getting together in one space once a year, and the power of connecting with people who have a shared experience, on the other hand, we didn’t want to run the risk of having to disappoint anyone by having to cancel the event should lockdown levels suddenly change again.
This is what we have come up with: we are going to record a remembrance ceremony, a number of our family support team will take part in it and we will be joined by Jane Weekes, as our speaker. Then, on the weekend of 12 & 13 December, this recording will be made available to view to people who register for this. There will be several options:
You set a time aside with your family, or friends, or by yourself and watch it in the privacy of your own home at a time that works for you;
You can join us in Auckland, at our National Support Office in Grafton, on Sunday 13 December in afternoon at 2PM, where our Auckland team will be and have refreshments available and a screen to watch the ceremony together; Alternatively, in the case of enough registrations in different areas, other branches may also organise a small get together to watch together. Contact your local branch for information
Or you can watch together with us, via an app called Watch2Gether, at 2PM on Sunday afternoon, in the comfort of your own home;
Alternatively, you can download the Watch2Gether app and watch together with whomever you invite to watch with you from wherever in the world at a time that works for you during that weekend.
Why do we make it available only for a limited time?
We acknowledge that watching the ceremony may be an emotional time, and we don’t want you to feel alone, so we will follow up with a phone call. You may be fine, and just tell us all is well, or you may feel like talking for a bit, whatever it is is fine, we just want to make sure you are okay.
Also, we would like to include a slide show in the ceremony, we want to treat the images of our precious heart angels with respect and not leave them online.
On that note, the slideshow...
We will be creating a slideshow in remembrance of our heart angels, if you wish to contribute a photo, or a few photos, a few words, a short poem, anything that fits on one slide and can be watched or read in about 3 or 4 seconds, please email this to: [email protected] before midnight on Friday the 27th of November. The slide show will be shown during the ceremony and your slide will be sent to you after the weekend of 12&13 December. If you don’t want to watch the ceremony, but you would like your heart angel to be remembered and included in the slideshow, you are most welcome to send a photo, and the slide will be sent to you afterward.
At this point, we are gathering interest-only via this registration form, once you have expressed interest, you will receive more information closer to the time and a registration form to let us know which option you would like to make use of.