Special pg 5 5-9-19

PUTNAM — Gilman Funeral Home in Putnam will offer a tribute at 9 a.m. May 12, Mother’s Day. As a special tribute to all mothers and in a brief but special ceremony Robert R. Fournier Jr., funeral home owner and his staff, are hosting families who wish to honor and remember their mother or a significant woman in one’s life.
Fournier said: “The staff of our funeral home wanted to honor and remember local mothers in a special way this year.  The idea began to take shape the more we discussed it.  Before families begin their Mother’s Day gatherings, the program is intended to provide them time to pause, reflect and remember our mothers.”
The program, which will take place on the front lawn of the funeral home at 104 Church St., will include remarks and a prayer by Retired United Methodist Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Retired Bishop Middleton of Woodstock is a participant in The Living Faith United Methodist Church in Putnam.  Following Middleton’s remarks and prayer, the event will end with a “butterfly release” as a tribute in memory of all mothers.  
“We understand that grieving the loss of a loved one takes time, and everyone’s journey is unique.  We at Gilman and Valade would like to help in that grieving process by honoring the female loved one that you have lost,” said Fournier.
Gilman Funeral Home was founded in 1919 by the late Alexander Gilman.  This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the funeral home, which now includes the Valade Funeral Home in N. Grosvenordale and the Park Tribute Center in Putnam, Windham County’s only crematorium.


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