Remembrance Day brings a special time to recall those loved or injured whilst serving their county, and for residents at a local rest home it was an opportunity too to remember other family and friends who are no longer with us.
Residents and staff of Lakeview Rest Homes held a special commemorative event to recall those dear to them. It was an occasion, the second to be held at The Moorings, which brought both sad and happy memories, together with thanks for times shared.
Residents of Lakeview’s four rest homes, namely The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Newfield Lodge and Lakeview Lodge came together at The Moorings for this special and emotive occasion. They were joined by over 140 residents, their care team, family, friends and visitors.
Director Pete Wood said, ‘This was a solemn but in many ways an uplifting and positive event that gave us all the chance to take a moment for reflection. It is important for people to know that memories of them live on for the rest of us, as do my memories of my mum who passed away earlier this year. Sharing this special occasion brings comfort to us all.’
Fiona Fox shared this sentiment and said, “Since we started this special Remembrance Day it has grown. I think it is because it gives people the voice to express their remembrance for those they have lost. I know this as that is how I felt as I wrote a message for my own mum, who passed away this year. I know it can’t bring her back but the fact I did this made me feel somehow better for doing it.’
Resident Kath Sharples was pleased to see that so many people had come to pay their respects and she said ‘When all we seem to hear about is the failures of youth, today has been wonderful. So many young people understanding Remembrance Day and giving it a personal significance is so encouraging.’
A special service was delivered by Chaplain Richard Golding, Methodist Chaplain for the elderly. This was followed by the release of over 100 balloons. These were in response to requests by friends and family, and the balloon commemorations were created by residents. Each balloon was a poignant and moving tribute as each had a messages and memories of loved ones attached to it. There was many a tearful eye, and a smile, as these were released into the air.
Gina Pownell commented, ‘This event is such a wonderful idea, we had balloons for a lady who had lost her little boy Luke, to cancer, as well as for Pat, one of our beloved residents, who was 104. Loss has no boundaries, no age concerns. The aspect of remembering the fallen in war as well as others is something that has been embraced.”