Family members joined staff and residents for a socially distanced remembrance event in the garden at Abbey Grange Care and Nursing Home in Fir Vale this week. The event marked the anniversary of the first Covid lockdown and provided an opportunity to reflect on collective loss during the pandemic.
Pastor Sallie Wilson, a minister from Church on the Corner, Elim Pentecostal Church in Southey Green, led the event with words of comfort and prayer. Families and staff planted rose plants to remember those lost to Covid-19, both at Abbey Grange Care & Nursing Home and in the wider community.
“We felt that this would be a fitting tribute as we could not say goodbye in the normal way.” Explained Home Manager Kerry Peach. “This was an important day for our families and staff. We wanted to create an opportunity for people to come together and take some time to reflect on the events of the last 12 months.”
Staff will participate in the national day of reflection on 23rd March with a two-minute silence at midday and will join a national online event to mark the day via a video link. The National Day of Reflection has been organised by Marie Curie and looks to reflect on the collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved and hope for a brighter future.