Remember a loved one this Mother’s Day

10th March 2024

We understand that Mother’s Day can be a difficult time of year. Today, we remember the mums no longer with us, and reflect on this period of bereavement
for many.

This March, Rebekah Watson is remembering her sister, Natalie, who she describes as a funny, kind and beautiful mother. Natalie died in 2022 and aged only 33, she left behind three sons.

Rebekah says: “Natalie loved everybody she met and was so generous, always offering a helping hand to anyone in need. It seemed impossible that anything could ever take her from us, from her children.”

“The St Barnabas nurses that visited Natalie at home, were a huge comfort to her and us, as a family. They could not do enough for Natalie in the final weeks of her life, going above and beyond to make sure that she was comfortable.”

“My family and I will be dedicating a feather in memory of Natalie which will sit at home, outside in our garden.”

Remembering a loved one is very personal, which is why we offer a number of ways to celebrate a life. This Spring, you are invited to dedicate a handmade ironwork feather in memory of your loved one. Your feather can be personalised with the name of your loved one and you can visit the display of feathers at Aubourn Hall, which is due to open from 2nd May.

Dedicate your feather, just like Rebekah, and book to visit the display.

Alongside our physical tributes and displays, you are able to fundraise for St Barnabas as a way of remembering a loved one. There are many ideas to choose from, that focus on your own wellbeing and mental health whilst raising money.

You could choose to take part in a challenge activity such as a Wingwalk or Skydive, or organise a Care for a Cuppa morning with friends, family or colleagues. We encourage you to find out more about fundraising for St Barnabas.

We also have a digital offering to remember your loved one, using the platform MuchLoved. This is a special memorial website in which you can set up a tribute, share memories, music and photos with family and friends, alongside lighting virtual candles.

Join us in remembering your loved one this Mother’s Day and learn more about all our offerings.

At this challenging time of year, we understand those experiencing loss may need some extra support. After Natalie’s death, members of her family accessed care services with bereavement support at St Barnabas, available to any adult affected by grief.

Rebekah continues: “Members of our family accessed counselling sessions from St Barnabas, after Natalie’s death. The help and support received during this time was invaluable.”

The Hospice offers a variety of bereavement support services including counselling, a bereavement helpline and bereavement cafés. Find out more about the bereavement and spiritual support services available at St Barnabas.

Join us in commemorating every mother and finding solace in support and remembrance.

Fundraise for us

Support your local Hospice by taking part in one of our pre-organised challenges, or take on your own! You will receive support along every step of the way!

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