The binder sits empty in Julie Ford’s office, awaiting pages that together will create an album of memories.
Those attending a memorial service at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital – an event offered by the palliative and supportive care department to remember people who were in their care and who died during the past year – will have a chance to contribute a page to the album if they wish.
The Yarmouth service – to be held in the hospital’s Bluenose conference room Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. – is one of three to be held in November in the South West Health district. Others will take place at the Digby and Shelburne hospitals.
Ford, district manager of palliative and supportive care with South West Health, says the services, which were introduced a couple of years ago, have been well received.
They are meant to show support not only for those who have lost someone over the past year (October 2013 to September 2014), she says, but also for the staff members who cared for them.
“It’s an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the people that we cared for and to provide some support to the staff and loved ones,” she said. “Local spiritual care providers at each site come and (are) a part of the service as well … I hear lots of positive comments.”
The service initially was held twice a year, but the decision was made just to have it once a year.
The event is…