Over the course of 2018, 400 people have attended our Sunday Afternoons of Remembrance held in Yeovil and Taunton. For many this is either the first time they will have been back to the hospice or, for families of those who have died in the community, this may be their very first visit.

The afternoons include short readings and poems and the opportunity to place a gold or white rose in a central vase in memory of a loved one, followed by tea and cake in the Sunflower Centre. On one occasion two widows exchanged telephone numbers; on another two friends who hadn’t seen each other for some time found themselves at the same afternoon. It’s a chance too for anyone who would value bereavement care to be linked into the Bereavement Team.

Spiritual Care Coordinator Ann Fulton said: “We know these occasions are not for everyone, but for those who come the afternoons do seem to provide a valued stepping stone on their journey of loss. One lady said it feels like being given a big hug.

“These afternoons would not be possible without the tremendous support and teamwork of the clinical coordinators, catering team, estates team and spiritual care team, as well as our volunteer coordinators and reception volunteers, who always ensure there is a warm welcome. Thank you to you all.”

For more information about our Spiritual Care Team, click here.