To help families honour their dads during Sydney’s lockdown, Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Leppington is offering to place a floral tribute and personalised card on behalf of those who can’t visit the sites this Father’s Day.
Forest Lawn and Pinegrove Memorial Parks will arrange 1,000 small bouquets of gerberas, at no cost, to be placed on the families’ behalf in the lead up to Father’s Day.
Steve Nobbs, InvoCare’s executive general manager of cemeteries and crematoria, said the initiative was a way for families to honour their dad, while encouraging them to keep safe by staying home – or for the families in a different local government area.
“This is a small, yet meaningful, way we can help families honour their dad’s memory during this tough time, while being Covid safe,” Mr Nobbs said.
“We know many people right across the state are doing it tough right now.
“For families which have lost a loved one, we hope the personal gesture can provide some comfort and solace that their dad was honoured on Father’s Day, until they can physically visit in groups, safely, in person.”
The gerbera was selected due to their representation of brightness, happiness and rejuvenation, which will be uplifting for the families during this tough time.
Nobbs, a father of two, lost his grandfather and father within two weeks of each other during the height of the current Sydney lockdown, and knows first hand how hard this milestone can be for families.
“The big milestones, like the first birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day after your grandfather or father has passed away, are always harder,” he said.
“Father’s Day is usually a busy day for our parks as many families like to come together and spend a meaningful moment at Forest Lawn or Pinegrove with their dad.
“This initiative is our small and personal way of showing the families we are here for them during these tough times.”
To have a flower placed, families will need to book the service by Thursday, September 2. This can be done by calling the reception at the memorial park and specifying the site, the names and message for the card. Loved ones will also be asked to provide a mobile phone number so the InvoCare team can send a photo of the tribute once it has been placed.
To book a flower for Father’s Day at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, call 9606 5822, or for Pinegrove Memorial Park, call 9625 8066.
Both memorial parks have also invited families to join a special online Father’s Day Memorial Service on Sunday, September 5.
The Forest Lawn event will begin at 10am, followed by the Pinegrove service at 11am. The livestream can be accessed via each memorial park’s website.