At our Roll of Remembrance, the names of every person laid to rest here at Sun Rising, or remembered with a tree or plaque, are read aloud. It’s a beautiful and moving event, affirming that each individual is still held in our thoughts. For us at Sun Rising, importantly, this includes not just those graves that are regularly visited, but those with family who live too far away, or those with no remaining family or friends. We care for each grave equally, and at the Roll we say their names aloud.
This year we had over a thousand names to read, which we did in three 20 – 30 minute sessions, with four of us reading. It would have been wonderful if we’d had a glorious sunny day, but it was wet, grey and blowy, so the number who came to hear was fairly low. However, everyone knew how important this rain is – the ground only just beginning to soften after so little rain for the last year.
And of course, it being Sun Rising, we had a wonderful refreshments stall with myriad cakes, traybakes and muffins. What about these cupcakes, handmade for the occasion? Just wonderful. The refreshments stall raised over £500 for The Friends of Sun Rising, helping secure the long-term care of the natural burial ground and nature reserve. Thank you so much to all our marvellous volunteers.