Held annually, this ceremony is for family and friends who’ve lost a loved one to a life-limiting illness during the past 12 months.
Facilitated by our South West Regional Palliative Care Team’s nurse consultant coordinator Andrea Janes and counsellor Bernadette Wurlod, the National Palliative Care Week activity included a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by Peek Whurrong Elders Uncle Rob Lowe and Uncle Locky Eccles, Chris Phillpot’s string quartet, a piano rendition of Hallelujah by Chloe Janes, a blessing led by SWRPC palliative care liaison officer Vikki Hoy, and afternoon tea.
Those in attendance lit candles, and placed pebbles in a bowl to symbolise the ripple effect their loved ones have had on their lives, as a personal commemoration.
SWH’s Community Palliative Care program supports the families of people with life-limiting illnesses throughout their loved one’s journey, and during the first year of their bereavement. Those in attendance yesterday said they could not have got through their initial loss and grief without the support of this wonderful team of compassionate clinicians.