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COVID-19 Update from Father Hudsons Care

A new garden of remembrance in Coleshill

Rose Garden

As July drew to a close, we wanted to remember the residents of St Joseph’s Residential Care Home that had passed away during the Covid-19 lockdown. Due to the necessary government restrictions in place during this time, it was difficult or impossible for family and friends to spend precious time with their loved ones as they moved towards the end of their life. With similar restrictions also affecting funerals families and friends were prevented from celebrating the lives of their loved ones or mourning their loss as they would have liked.

Although we hope the care and love we were able to show our residents provided some solace to families we wanted to give them a chance to gather and honour their loved ones in person. St Joseph’s Care Home arranged and hosted a memorial service, led by Archbishop Bernard Longley with Father Kevin Kavanagh and the St Joseph’s Chaplain Father Peter Blundell.

Family groups were joined by Father Hudson’s staff to remember their loved ones at the place they lived and were cared for. During the service, the 18 names were read out and a beautiful array of rose bushes were planted to provide a permanent memorial to those who died during this time. The new rose garden is now a quiet place of reflection and beauty available to the whole community and in view of lounge areas within St Joseph’s.

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