Always in Our Hearts | Highland Hospice

Due to the restrictions of lockdown, this year has been particularly difficult for people who have been bereaved. Many people feel that they have been unable to mark the death of loved ones in ways that they would wish, or have the space for ritual in their bereavement.

Always In Our Hearts offers us an opportunity to use our memories, words, and creativity to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. It is our hope that our crafted hearts project, online service, and digital In Memoriam book will help to provide both personal and public ways of remembering across the Highlands.

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    'Always In Our Hearts' Collage

    For Always in our Hearts this year, we invite you to remember a loved one by stitching, sewing, drawing or painting their name in a heart on an A5 piece of fabric. Instructions on how to create your own heart can be found below.

    Once you have finished your fabric square, you can send it to Highland Hospice, where will be sewn into a collective piece (like a patchwork quilt) which will be exhibited to the public. Further details, including our address, are included in our instructions.

    We also encourage communities, groups and schools to take part by creating their own crafted hearts. These can be displayed locally in a Highland-wide act of remembering. All your creations can be shared on social media with the hashtag #HighlandHearts.

    Online Service

    We will be holding our Annual Time to Remember Absent Friends and Family service online this year. The service will be shared on the Highland Hospice YouTube channel at 11am on Saturday 7th November. Click here to watch the service as it premieres.

    Please join us for this service, which will include some poems, a short reflection and prayers, and some music to evoke special memories of those who are always in our hearts.

    A link to this online service will also be shared on this page and across Highland Hospice social media.

    In Memoriam Book

    We welcome contributions to our online 'In Memoriam' book. A dedication can be made for anyone you wish to remember; there does not need to be a specific link with Highland Hospice.

    You can either browse the book in its entirety or search for a specific person’s dedication.

    If you would like to post a tribute in memory of a loved one in this online book, you can complete the form on this page. No donation is necessary in order to post your tribute.