Festive events organised to help friends and family honour and remember lost loved ones

Posted by rob smyth | Published: 30/11/2021

Central England Co-op Funeralcare is putting on a range of events this festive season to help those who have lost a loved one.

The funeralcare provider will be presenting an online memorial service for people who would like to reflect and remember those they have lost.

United in Light will be an online remembrance event and candle-lighting ceremony, which will take place from 7pm on 19 December.

Everyone is welcome to join by going online at Online Memorials | Central England Co-operative

The event will also allow people to make a donation, via partner MuchLoved, to the Society’s charity Dementia UK.

Alongside this online memorial service, several in person events will be taking place at funeral homes across the country.

From December 1, customers and members will also be able to honour a friend or family member who has passed away by writing a message in their honour and placing it on special memory trees found in food stores and funeral homes.

This free activity aims to provide an opportunity for families to remember loved ones in a special way.

To find the nearest Central England Co-op food store or funeral home visit Central England Co-operative Store Finder


Notes to editors


Full details of in person services listed below:


Memorial Service location

Day & Date


St – Ives

Saturday, 11 December



Thursday, 16 December



Tuesday, 14 December



Friday, 3 December


Humberstone Road

Wednesday, 8 December


Welford Road

Tuesday, 7 December



Tuesday, 7 December

5pm until 7pm


Saturday, 4 December

Noon until 2pm


8, 9 and 10 December

10am until 4pm

Ambler Bros

Thursday, 16 December


Forrester Brothers

Sunday, 5 December


Bretby  Services

Sunday, 5 December

11am – 1pm – 3pm

Chaddesden church service

Wednesday, 15December





About Central England Co-operative


Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of members, its over 7,800 colleagues serve customers across 400 plus trading sites in 16 counties in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.


Its purpose is to inspire communities to create a sustainable Society for all.


It actively campaigns for the Government to increase sentencing for violent attacks on retail workers and works with FareShare Midlands and hundreds of food banks, generating enough food donations to create over 2.1 million meals for people in need.


The Society embraces inclusivity and equality and is a signed-up member to the Business in the Community (BITC) Race at Work Charter, while it is also fully committed to addressing the impact of climate change and is on track to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. 


It invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities through its Community Dividend Fund scheme which has seen over £175,000 shared out between 116 good causes over the past 12 months.


Central England Co-op was named Leading Co-op of the Year by Co-operatives UK in 2021.


Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle


Phone - 01543 421390


Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop