As well as caring for our patients, we’re always looking for new ways to support loved ones.
Many people will have treasured photos and other keepsakes, including memories of wonderful times and the places visited together. When my Nan died many years ago I wanted to keep her wedding ring as a keepsake, but, as a family, we decided to plant a tree in her memory which we can visit whenever we like.
At St Wilfrid’s, we have a Family Services Team offering counselling options to suit different needs: on a one-on-one basis, by telephone or in person, and in various group settings.
Though, despite these services, we find that people often want a different way to remember their loved one. So, in May 2015 we introduced our Memory Leaves to help people to deal with the death of a loved one and help us to continue our work.
I would like to say how much my dad used to love the garden of memories and found it a really tranquil place to be. It's a beautiful garden, and so lovely to have so many leaves in there. I always wanted to dedicate a leaf in memory of my Dad.
As a keepsake, there’s the option of dedicating a leaf
to hang in our peaceful Garden of Memories, here in the Hospice grounds, or having their leaf sent home
to them for displaying in their own garden or home.
The added benefit to the leaves is that people without any connection to our care services can have something in memory of a loved one that is portable.
My Dad, Craig, died in March 2015 at the age of just 53. I really wanted to dedicate something in his memory and looked at a variety of options, from a bench plaque to his name in the Crematorium’s memorial book, but then I came across St Wilfrid’s Memory Leaves. I’m so pleased to have a special, portable keepsake for my beloved Dad.