Arm Bands

We thought it was time to revive a wonderful old tradition – the black arm band. While these are still worn by sports teams and the military, we have lost the custom of wearing them to honour our own dead while we are grieving.

They not only remind us of the person who has died and allow us to think of them for such a few seconds each time we do, they also let others know that we are grieving. This invites others to treat us with a little more kindness and compassion during this time. We encourage you to wear the arm band on the day of service and also for as many days after the service as you feel you need to.

They are sewn by a lovely group of Somali refugee women in Mt Roskill Auckland.

Available in 3 sizes – The $8-10 charge per band pays the women, the cost of the fabric, and then we donate $1 from each band to a wonderful organisation – The Guardian Angels Charitable Trust. This organisation provides grassroots support and help to families who are undergoing the trauma of having a child with terminal illness . Guardian Angels provide assistance such as petrol vouchers so that the families can actuall;y afford to visit their children, organise getting the lawns mowed etc if necessary – they do whatever they can to help. 100% of the donated funds go to the family – there are no administration costs as the group runs entirely on volunteers. They are seriously underfunded at present and we want to help.