Andrew Smith House have created a memorial garden to give relatives and friends the opportunity to return to the Home and remember and reflect on their loved one.
The designated garden is situated at the side of the Home, and is a peaceful and tranquil area to come to.
The special annual Memorial Event commenced with Jayms Bell, Manager of the Home welcoming each person back to Andrew Smith House.
Each loved ones name who had passed away, was read out by Jayms and a Bible reading, blessings and prayers followed by Father Chris.
The service concluded with Jayms reading a reflective poem called …’A Life Well Lived.’
Finally each person placed a single rose near to their loves one’s name plaque, on the main north area of the garden.
The name plaques had been carefully and wonderfully engraved by Alan Woods.
Following the beautiful service of remembrance the group enjoyed each other’s company with fellowship, afternoon tea and refreshments.
Each person was also given a special rose in memory of their loved one, as they returned home.
A widow of a family represented says ‘This is the first time I have returned since my husband passed away. I didn’t know how I would feel as I walked past his room, but I was ok. It has been very nice to be invited here today in this way and I would visit again.’ Jayms Bell, Manager of the Home says “It is very important to us at Stocks Hall, that following a loved one’s passing people don’t feel alone. We hope in a small way this memorial garden gives continued all year opportunity for loved ones to come and talk and reflect about their loved one if they so desire. Every Person is Valued and this is another way, we can demonstrate our love and continued support to families and friends that we have previously cared for.”
Brian Sharples, wife Maureen passed in 2015, Brian is seen here placing his rose on Maureen’s remembrance stone, which is in the Home’s gardens.
Brian choose to volunteer following Maureen’s passing and is now a highly valued member of the volunteer team at the Home.