CHICO – Together, the Chico Cemetery Association and Glen Oaks Park set up booths to give out complimentary carnations and cookies for people visiting their loved ones during Mother’s Day weekend.
“We help families in need or those facing loss,” said Emily Cunningham, family services consultant at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. “We also help people get their services done in advance. So, when that time comes, people don’t have to bear the burden of financial burden.
Cunningham said the event was primarily planned by Christina Clerici, family services manager for Glen Oaks Memorial Park.
“We know that people are missing their mothers, grandmothers, sisters and we just want to be here to connect with them and make sure they don’t enter the park without a staff member outside who is their can help,” Clerici said.
Glen Oaks Memorial Park saw visitors both new and old with disadvantages, though guests took advantage of free flowers and cookies.
Glen Oaks Memorial Park volunteer Carl Robinson was attending the memorial event for the first time.
Robinson said, “I know that losing someone is a very painful thing in your life and losing your mother can be worse.” “Whatever we can do to help people on this day seems like it would be a nice gesture.”
The Chico Cemetery Association has been serving the Chico community since 1852, and Glen Oaks Memorial Park has been around since 1969.