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Last week, Metro South Palliative Care Service held their annual remembrance service where more than 200 people attended and honoured the lives of people who had died within the service in the last 12 months.
Palliative Care Counsellor Lee-Anne Madsen said this year’s service focused on love.
“This year, the hope for the service was to provide a circle of love and safety. And to have a coming together of people who are grieving the death of their family member or friend,” she said.
After the more formal part of the non-denominational remembrance service people were encouraged to join with staff for a shared morning tea.
Ms Madsen said many of the families who came to the service had a loved one who was a former Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) patient.
“One lady woke up at 3am in the morning so she could make focaccia to share, as her husband who had died would have been disappointed if she hadn’t,” she said.
“She commented on the excellent care her husband had received in the three years after he was diagnosed at the PAH and during the time that he was dying.
“One of the families had travelled from Brunswick Heads to attend the service and commented that it was an opportunity to feel supported in their sadness.
PAH Senior Social Worker Sheryl Searles officiated the event and said she was happy to see so many staff in attendance.
“The service would not have been possible without the support of nursing, allied health and medical staff who each year attend the service to also honour the families they have had the privilege of meeting and working with,” she said.
“Thank you to the families and staff who attended the service to create a meaningful and caring occasion.”