Girl Installs ‘postbox To Heaven’ At Crematorium To Send Letters To Loved Ones

Girl Installs ‘postbox To Heaven’ At Crematorium To Send Letters To Loved Ones
A crematorium in Nottingham has installed a ‘postbox to heaven’ to allow people to send letters to their deceased loved ones (Picture: ITV)

A crematorium has installed a special ‘postbox to heaven’ so people can write letters to their deceased loved ones.

Matilda Handy, 9, suggested the idea while looking for a way to express her emotions after her grandparents sadly passed away.

After contacting the owners of the Gedling Crematorium in Nottinghamshire about the idea over Christmas, the management responded by installing the white postbox and have already received nearly 100 ‘letters to heaven’, ITV reports.

Now Matilda and her mum Leanne are hoping the postbox becomes a permanent fixture at the resting place so people can continue to send their loved ones messages on anniversaries and holidays throughout the year.

Matilda explained how writing letters helped her process her grief and explore her emotions in ways she’d been unable to previously manage.

‘It was very nice because I’m very upset and it’s just a very nice way to express my feelings and send a letter to them and to say how much I love them,’ she said. 

The reaction from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive, with Leanne revealing many people have since been in touch asking for permission to use the postbox too.

Matilda Handy, 9, came up with the idea as a way to grieve her departed grandparents (Picture: ITV)
The postbox has been a big hit in the local community, and has already recieved over 100 letters (Picture: ITV)

Giulia McDonough, site manager at Gedling Crematorium, said: ‘Like all Westerleigh Group’s sites, it’s our aim to have a very positive presence within our local communities, and I am delighted that the Letters to Heaven post box seems to have captured the imagination – and interest – of many people.’ 

The crematorium made sure to let prospective users know no stamps are required in order for their letters to make their way to heaven.

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