This has been a challenging year for us all, with the global pandemic unfolding faster than we could have imagined and the world quickly and dramatically changing in ways we could not have predicted just a few months ago.
Remembering our loved ones is an additional challenge at this time, whether they have died recently and our grief is new, or we are marking the death of a loved one from some time ago. All of our usual ways of coping with our grief and bereavement – whether gathering with close friends and family, or standing together with our community – have been changed this year beyond recognition.
Even though with social distancing we can’t be in the same physical space, I believe it is more important than ever that we find ways to remember those we love.
We’re creating a Remembrance Tree with colourful ribbons
The St Christopher’s ‘Remember with Ribbons’ event allows you to dedicate a ribbon in the name of your loved ones. Hospice staff will tie the ribbon to the Remembrance Tree on your behalf to create a colourful, vibrant and fluttering memorial to those we love.
A service of remembrance will be held at the hospice on Sunday 23 August and live streamed to reflect and remember those people important to you. Find out more about the service here.
To remember someone special with a ribbon you can make a dedication on our website. All the ribbon dedications will be recorded on our online wall of remembrance for you to visit whenever you wish.
Your dedication and donation in memory of your loved one will make a vital contribution to St Christopher’s. This has been a deeply challenging year for the hospice, but it has been positive as well. I have seen some of the very best care and innovation provided by our staff and volunteers, and have felt very proud to work for an organisation that has stayed strong and pulled together as a team for the benefit of the community.
With our shops closed for three months and fundraising events cancelled, our income has been threatened more than ever before. Yet we are now supporting almost 1,500 people across south east London, nearly 400 more patients than before the pandemic, in new and different ways.
Much of our care is provided over the phone, including all our bereavement support. We continue to visit people when they need us and our wards have remained open throughout with staff using PPE to ensure everyone’s safety. We have a whole new programme of community aid providing food and support to those who have needed practical support.
By making a donation at http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/ribbons, not only will you be honouring the memory of someone special to you, but you’ll also be helping us to deliver vital care to people facing the end of their lives.
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