Big turnout at Stepping Stone’s annual Memorial Day

Close to 400 people attended Stepping Stone Hospice’s annual Memorial Day on Sunday, 17 September, which was held in the garden outside the hospice’s In-Patient Unit in New Market Park. Visitors were asked to each bring a photo, letter or small token in remembrance of a loved one to place inside a memory capsule which was later put to ground in the hospice’s Garden of Remembrance. So great was the outpouring of emotion that one memory capsule soon turned into three, all filled with heartfelt messages and tokens of love.

Friend and supporter of hospice, Connie Seekoei of the Alberton LewenSentrum, addressed everyone in attendance, saying that “you represent those who could not be present here today.” He added that “while we all have breath, we should never take life for granted” and said that we must never forget that “each one of us, present or passed, is a part of someone’s heart.” He also praised Stepping Stone Hospice for being “a place of unconditional love for all.”

An emotional Stepping Stone CEO, Tersia Burger, said she was there as a grieving mother herself, and thanked everyone for taking the time to “come and remember.”

The afternoon culminated in the release of 500 balloons, each filled with Forget-Me-Not seeds, in the hopes that “wherever they land, a flower will grow,” said Tersia.

Caption: One memory capsule soon turned into three – so great was the outpouring of emotion at Stepping Stone Hospice’s annual Memorial Day on Sunday, 17 September

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