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Letters to heaven post box arrives in West Norfolk

Published: Monday, 13th May 2024

A special post box has been installed at Mintlyn Crematorium to allow relatives to send letters to loved ones who are no longer alive.

Mintlyn Crematorium, which is owned and managed by the borough council, has installed the new white letters to heaven post box in their gardens inspired by the touching story of a grieving nine-year-old in Nottinghamshire who first conceived the idea.

Cllr Bal Anota, Cabinet member for Property and Corporate Services, said:

“This scheme allows family and friends to write letters to their loved ones who are no longer with us.

“Any resident can visit and does not need to be connected to Mintlyn Crematorium to pop in, enjoy the beautiful memorial gardens, and post their special message.”

Chris Black, Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager, added:

“These letters to heaven post boxes help us to remember our loved ones in a special way. They give an opportunity for people to post a birthday card, Christmas card, or the last card or letter that they may not have had the chance to send. We’re honoured to have it installed at Mintlyn Crematorium.”

The Letters to heaven post box was installed at Mintlyn Crematorium on Friday 10 May as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week (6 – 12 May 2024) which is aimed at raising public awareness about the importance of talking more opening about dying, death, and bereavement. It is located in the Memorial Gardens.

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