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Monday, 21 May 2012 (3026773)
Care home opens garden of remembrance for residents
by David Simister

RESIDENTS at one of the town's care homes can now pay tributes to their loved ones a little more easily after a new garden of remembrance was opened last week.

Staff and residents at Birch Green Care Home, based on Ivydale, opened the new rose garden at a ceremony outside the home, which looks after 74 elderly residents and is aimed at allowing them to remember loved ones in a quiet environment.

General manager Catherine Shawarby said: “The garden is designed to allow people to walk around, sit in quiet contemplation, or sit and chat with friends. We designed it to be an enjoyable place to while away the hours, or simply to pass through.

”There is also room for people to place a rose to remember a loved one, a small memorial, or even a butterfly to join our collection on the wall.“

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, operator of the home, was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the facility, joined by Birch Green general manager Catherine Shawarby, residents, and Ron Stoneley and Eric Newall whose late wives were both residents at the home.

The garden has been opened to coincide with Dying Matters Awareness Week, an annual event run by the Dying Matters Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting public awareness of death and bereavement. Staff at Birch Green are promoting the concept of ‘Living Well’ and breaking the taboos about talking about end of life issues.


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