Hospice Bereavement Team Hosts Drive-Thru Memorial Events During Coronavirus Pandemic
Caring for a loved one is one of the most significant challenges life can present. We're here for the families and friends of our patients, too. Whether it’s to have a safe space to share feelings or to remember the memory of loved ones. Heartland Hospice serving Raleigh-Durham was faced with challenges this year when it came to planning their annual memorial service. However, instead of the typical in-person service that is held each year, the team was able to plan several events that ensured the participants would stay safe. Kristin Lassiter, bereavement coordinator, tells about the drive-thru events:
“2020 has taken the wind from our sails in many ways, but it cannot take our memories! Instead of our typical memorial service, this year found us in various parking lots offering family and friends a chance to remember. We celebrated lives of those whom we greatly miss. We held four drive-thru memorial services at different locations to make it as convenient as possible for family members. We had about 150 people attend who represented about 75 loved ones during the four events.
We asked them to bring a ribbon to represent their loved one. Some were written on with marker and some were even embroidered. The family members hung their ribbons on the memorial display and before they left, we gave them a small glass sailboat candle holder and a poem to help them remember their loved one.
We are so thankful to those who joined us and took time to honor the memory of the person they love. We felt honored hearing the thoughts and stories shared about each loved one and we recognize the privilege of being included in the grief journey of our patients’ families.
We hope that those who attended were blessed with memories of their loved ones. It was great to see the smiles brought to their faces while sharing stories, even if there were also a few tears.”