CHRISTMAS can be distressing for someone whose loved one has died.
Holiday traditions can exacerbate feelings of loneliness.
Guardian Funerals Minchinbury will hold a Christmas memorial service tonight, Tuesday, to help people manage their grief at Christmas time.
"Grief doesn't just end at the funeral, in fact, there are no timelines," Guardian Funerals Minchinbury location manager Fiona Boulous said.
"It takes as long as it takes. And especially around this time of year people may find the loss of their loved one feels especially close to the surface.
"This is a time, just before the festive season, when we can honour the memory of loved ones and spend time with people who empathise with what you're going through — because they share similar experiences and feelings."
Celebrant Susan Gavran will direct service formalities, which will include readings by Guardian Funerals Minchinbury and Pinegrove Memorial Park staff.
Families can light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died.
The service starts at 6pm in the Guardian Funerals chapel at Pinegrove Memorial Park, Kington Street, Minchinbury.
Details: 9625 8500.