A service of remembrance that was held at the home of Maxine and Maureen Bodden and jointly hosted by Bodden Funeral Services on Thursday, 8 December was attended by 450 people.
Captain Theo Bodden the father of Miss Maxine and Miss Maureen, founded Bodden Funeral Services in the 1950s and the gardens of the home on South Church Road are one of the more famous on the Island at this time of year, being lit up with a plethora of seasonal decorations.
There were performances by the Triple C Band and Choir and Church of God Chapel Children’s Choir, as patrons gathered to remember those they have lost.
Maxine Bodden said: ‘Christmastime is hard on people who have lost loved ones and we hope, in some way, the messages of hope in this service of remembrance will comfort them throughout the season.’
Bodden Funeral Services Director Scott Ruby welcomed everyone and then Pastor Randy Von Kanel opened the service with a prayer.
This was followed by the reading of names of loved ones who had passed away. As the names were read aloud, imitation doves were handed to families and friends in memory of their beloved ones.
Pastor Al Ebanks from Agape Family Worship Centre then delivered a message of hope. The service finished with a collective singing of Silent Night and a closing prayer. Maureen Bodden expressed her gratitude to attendees.
‘We were very happy and blessed that so many have come to join us – we hope it touched their hearts as their participation here touched ours.’