Access to Hospice gardens to remember loved ones

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Date published: Wednesday 10th June 2020 | 20:10 GMT

Hospice garden space for reflection now open

We know that many of our supporters have been missing coming to the Hospice, especially those who would like to remember loved ones who have died and would normally visit our Sanctuary or the Memory Tree to mark a special day.

That is why we have made a small area of the Hospice gardens available to those who wish to come to the hospice and remember a special loved one. It may be the anniversary of the day they died, or their birthday, or another special day that you would like to remember. There is now a designated part of the Hospice gardens where you can come and sit peacefully, take some time, and remember them in your own way.

The area available to you is at the front of the Hospice near the duck pond – and there are two separate areas with seating and benches that you are welcome to use. There are clear signs directing you to these two areas, but we ask that you do not walk around the other areas of the Hospice site or enter any hospice buildings.   Please note no toilet facilities are available to the public at this current time, so we would be grateful if you can consider this factor before your visit.

We have signposted the area of the car park that we would like you to use – nearest the gate, on the left as you enter. You can visit the gardens to remember loved ones on any day of the week, but we do ask you to keep it to daylight hours only.

Whilst on the Hospice site, we ask that you adhere to current government guidelines around social distancing – so please only sit with people from your own household, and if you meet others from a different household, you must remain at 2m distance and in groups of no more than six people.

If, when you arrive, other people are already using the remembrance garden areas, please wait at a respectable distance for them to finish. We imagine that people will visit for somewhere around 30 minutes, but if you can see another family waiting, do please be mindful and allow them access.


Remembering your loved ones

Unfortunately you are still not able to enter the Hospice building unless you are the close family member of a current patient. However, we know many people would normally have visited the Sanctuary to read the name of their loved one in the Book of Remembrance or to write a message in the open memory book.

Our chaplain, Ann, has offered to help you during this time. Ann can photograph the page of the Book of Remembrance bearing your loved one’s name and email it to you, or she can write a message into the book if you would like her to.

Please just get in touch with her in advance of your loved one’s anniversary by emailing her at ann.kosla@stclarehospice.org.uk

We cannot wait to be able to welcome you back into the Hospice very soon, but we hope that these small changes will provide you with a meaningful way to remember your loved one in the meantime.

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