Sunday will mark the 19th year that the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, located at 516 S. Washington Ave. in Naperville, will hold its annual “Tree of Remembrance” event where those who have lost loved ones will be remembered by a personal tree decoration as well as a service of remembrance that will be offered beginning at 1 p.m. this Sunday.
Owner John Kunsch said that the event, which has be held annually for nearly two decades, is launched right after Thanksgiving each year when those who have lost loved ones are invited to come in and personalize a special dove ornament.
“These doves are made of paper and outlined in gold, and people can come in and write a special, personalized message on the back,” he said. “We began collecting them right after Thanksgiving and the service is the first Sunday in December, so it’s a very concentrated amount of time. We generally average about 150 doves each year.”
Kunsch said the doves are hung with gold rope from a tree which is then moved to one of the larger rooms of the funeral home, where a memorial service will once again be held this year.
Rev. Dr. Scott Mitchell of the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center in Naperville will give a multi-denominational message Sunday for the fifth or sixth year, Kunsch said, “which always leaves everyone feeling good by the time it is over.”
“We then have a candle lighting and a harpist will continue to play music as we lower the lights and have some group readings, followed by some refreshments and fellowship,” Kunsch said.
The event will last about 90 minutes including the fellowship session.
Kunsch said dove ornaments can be added up through Sunday morning before the service. For more information, call 630-355-0264 or visit www.beidelmankunschfh.com.