Remember somebody special in Rowcroft's Meadow of Memories

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Rebecca Cogger - Credit: Rowcroft

Rowcroft Hospice is marking the National Day of Reflection on March 23 by inviting people to dedicate a flower in their wildflower ‘Meadow of Memories’ in the hospice gardens as a meaningful way of remembering those who are no longer with us. 

“Dedicating a flower in our Meadow of Memories is a unique way of remembering a special person who is greatly missed and deeply loved, and this couldn’t be more apt on this National Day of Reflection,” said Rebecca Cogger, Rowcroft’s Friends and Family Manager. 

“The occasion presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the loss we’ve experienced through the pandemic, to show support for everyone who has been bereaved during these incredibly difficult times, and to celebrate the lives of the people we’ve lost.” 

The National Day of Reflection has gained support from local and national care organisations, charities, businesses and community groups, and marks the anniversary of the UK going into the first national lockdown. It recognises the millions of people who have been bereaved since the pandemic began, many of whom didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to loved ones and had to cope with grief alone. 

“This is an important moment to stand together with our local communities, to pause and reflect on all that we’ve been through, and to remember all the people we’ve lost during this pandemic,,” said Jenny Hall, Rowcroft’s Bereavement Support Coordinator. “Here at the hospice, our thoughts and love are with everyone who has been bereaved. Losing someone you love is devastating enough even when you have your usual support networks around you. But the loneliness and isolation created by the restrictions of the pandemic have made it one of the most difficult times in recent history.” 

Rebecca Cogger added: “For everyone struggling through this pandemic, Meadow of Memories is a poignant symbol of love, remembrance, hope and peace. Dedicating a flower in the meadow is a touching way of remembering and celebrating the life of someone lost.

“If you make a dedication, your wildflower seed is sown at the beginning of April, and the meadow will flourish and bloom over the following months, becoming the most soothing place to visit to reflect on happy times gone by with special people. You are welcome to visit the meadow at any time. 

Meadow of Memories at hospice

Last year's Meadow - Credit: Rowcroft

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“When creating your dedication, you are invited to make a donation to help Rowcroft care for people with life-limiting illnesses and to support local bereaved families. 

“We’d like to thank our generous sponsor Katie Mills Independent Funeral Service for contributing towards the cost of putting on Meadow of Memories 2021.” 

Katie Mills, Funeral Director at Katie Mills Independent Funeral Service, said: “Helping families to remember and celebrate their loved one in such a beautiful way has never been more important than it is during these difficult times.” 

To make your dedication, please go to: www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/meadow or telephone 01803 217450