An established East Yorkshire memorials’ business has collaborated with Talking about Loss (TAL) to support its clients.

Anna Buckley from Melbourne-based Mindful Memorials (part of J. Rotherham Ltd) has teamed up with TAL founder, Jacqui Gunn, for a series of events to help people who have experienced loss.

Anna contacted Jacqui when she wanted to offer a more holistic service at her family memorial masons business that has nine branches throughout Yorkshire: “At Mindful Memorials, we believe all life is precious and that, when the end of the road is reached, the commissioning of a memorial can provide a focal point for the grief of those left behind. How a person lived, what their life stood for and how those closest to them want to remember them will all influence the choice of memorial.

“We are passionate about making a difference in our local communities and are delighted to be working in partnership with Jacqui to be able to offer extra support to anyone in need through any of our branches.

“As well as extending our personal memorial service with events with Talking about Loss, we also offer other personal ways for people to celebrate the life of their loved ones and have teamed up with local artists, wordsmiths and jewellery makers for different ways to hold cherished memories.”

Of the collaboration, Jacqui said: “We have a shared ethos and a desire to help those who are experiencing loss by hosting regular events where people can feel comfortable and can access professional counselling if necessary.”

Last month Mindful Memorials hosted an event with Talking about Loss at its J. Rotherham, Goole showroom on National Bereaved Parents’ Day. Future events include regular Friendship Fridays drop-ins at Goole and community gardening at Mindful Memorials’ base at Rossmoor Park, Melbourne. Here, Anna’s belief in a holistic approach extends to permaculture gardening that works with nature to provide everything the garden needs besides plants and seed.

Mindful Memorials’ expansion has seen it buy businesses including Hull-based Wriglesworth; York-based Emerson; Tyas and Tyas in Doncaster and Scarborough-based G.R.Pinder from retired stonemasons and bring them into the Mindful Memorials fold.