St Hugh’s Bereavement Support Group recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.
Over that time the group has developed a number of initiatives to support those who have been bereaved, including an annual bereavement service for the whole parish and ‘drop in’ coffee mornings. The latter starts with a social gathering including bacon butties; an invited speaker on occasions; and ends with a short remembering service at the end of the morning. Most recently the theme for the service was developed around the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, where each person placed a candle beside the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in memory of their loved ones, (pictured below).
Over the past few years a rose garden of remembrance, (pictured below), has been developed as a place of reflection and prayer. Bereaved families select a rose bush which often reflects or captures something of personality or essence of the deceased person such as Wild Rover, Super Trouper, Special Mum, Golden Wedding, Heart of Gold and many more. Former Parish Priest, Fr Pat Murphy, has been remembered with a rose called ‘Simply Gold’. A ‘peace’ rose was also planted to remember Fr Jacques Hamel, who was killed in France as he celebrated Mass, and for all who suffer a violent death.
As St Hugh’s, Newbold, and St Joseph’s Church, Staveley, are both due for closure on the Feast of Christ the King in November, the rose garden is to be relocated to the Eyre Chapel, Newbold, thanks to the kindness of the Chapel’s trustees.