​ A Time to Remember Those No Longer With Us

6 November 2019

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Grief Matters Highland is offering a memorial service in Inverness to anyone who has been bereaved.

Facilitated by Highland Hospice, Chaplain Norma Higgott will reflect on the lasting imprints those close to us leave on our lives, within the Hospice’s Day Therapies Centre on Saturday 9th November at 11am.

The service is open to everyone – not just those who have experienced the Hospice’s care.

James Reid will be attending the service on 9th November, where he will remember his late wife Susan who was cared for by Highland Hospice before she passed away in May 2018.

James explains, “I attended the Time to Remember Service with some of Susan’s friends last year and I found it lovely.”

“It was completely different to a church service of any kind. I was focused on Susan the whole time in that every word that was said related to her. Not only that, but I found it comforting to have so many people around me who were all there for the same reason – remembering someone special to them.”

“I even found people smiling at me, who I didn’t know personally, but they had known Susan. One family were there to remember a gentleman who had been in the Hospice at the same time as her.”

James added, “Susan had Motor Neurone Disease, which is a terrible illness. She was incredible throughout her battle and never once moaned or asked, “Why me?”

“She saw the good in every situation and was just so grateful that she didn’t lose her ability to speak. I was thinking about this recently when I watched the TV documentary about Fernando Ricksen – it was actually really difficult to watch.”

“Susan was well known by the Hospice staff who arranged several treats for her while she was a patient. The Hospice caring for Susan took a lot of pressure off me at home as I was able to visit as and when I wished, and enjoy precious quality time together. Even at Christmas time, the entire family were brought in for Christmas dinner so we could spend it with Susan. These touches meant so much to us.”

James added, “I would encourage anyone to attend this service as a way of remembering someone close to them. Susan was an incredible lady and we all think about her constantly – myself, our son Andrew, daughter Fiona, their partners Laura and David, and our grandchildren Sophie, Ailsa, Duncan and Jessica. I find that if I don’t know the answer to something at home I will say to myself, “Susan would know this.””

Highland Hospice chaplain Norma Higgott added, “Everyone is welcome at our service, no matter how long ago you lost someone close to you or where they passed away.”

As James said, sharing the experience of grief with others who are going through the same thing can be beneficial and I hope that my words about how special people leave a lasting imprint on our lives, will provide some comfort to those who attend.”

A Time to Remember is held in Highland Hospice’s Netley Centre on Saturday 9th November at 11am. Refreshments and baking will be served afterwards. If you would like further information, please

call 01463 227919 or email clinsec@highlandhospice.org.uk

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