An act of hope in a new tomorrow
“It does get better, the pain does get better. It takes time, but one day, you wake up and it is better”. So says CEO of Stepping Stone Hospice, Tersia Burger, who opened the official proceedings at the hospice’s Annual Memorial Day held on Sunday in their gardens in New Market Park.
“Events such as the Annual Memorial Day are a reminder that we all experience pain, grief and loss. It’s also important to know that we are not alone. As we reflect and remember our loved ones together, we get the opportunity to share our memories with others.”
More than 100 family members and friends attended and partook in the planting of seedlings in the newly developed Memorial Garden in honour of loved ones who have passed away. “To plant something new, is an act of hope, hope that there is a tomorrow,” says Tersia. The Memorial Garden will eventually become the focal point in the hospice garden once the new extensions to the existing In-Patient Unit has been completed.
Dr Deacon Vernon van Wyk from the Alberton Methodist Church ended the formal part of the proceedings with a prayer for those who have passed and loved ones that are still living.
“To plant something new, is an act of hope, hope that there is a tomorrow.” One of the children attending the Memorial Day with her parents clearly enjoying the freedom of planting (playing) in the newly established Memorial Garden.