Remembering those lost to murder and manslaughter

    9 May 2019

    Last April saw the first ever Service of Remembrance in the South for those whose lives were cut short by murder, manslaughter, or similar. Some 50 people came together to remember those who had cruelly been taken from them. Thankfully, the pain of losing someone dear to you through murder is experienced only by a few. In this Service, we, Churches, reach out to those in such pain.

    This year the service will take place on Saturday, 8th June at 11am, at St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth Town Centre (Hinton Road, BH1 2EE, map here).

    The service is organised by Churches Together in Dorset and the Revd Dr. David Wheeler, who said:

    “This service fulfils such a need; to have someone you love killed by another is perhaps the worst thing that can ever happen to someone. The pain lasts for decades and so few people understand. The service is gentle; a couple of hymns, prose and poetry read by members of the congregation telling not just of the extreme anguish felt, but also of the endurance of the human spirit, such as:

    Sometimes, when the sun goes down

    it seems it will never rise again

    but it will.

    And just being in the company of others who have suffered as you have helps so much.

    The central act is the reading of the names of those ‘whose lives have been cut short’ and the lighting of candles in their memory.

    The Revd David Wheeler concluded:

    “I appreciate that even reading a story like this can take people back to very dark places, and I can be contacted on”

    “SAMM (Support after Murder & Manslaughter) operates a helpline on 0845 872 3440 (local call rates) and their website is available at”