Press release: Jersey Hospice Care launch a permanent art installation for Islanders to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones
This weekend, Jersey Hospice Care was delighted to launch their new Memory Tree, a stunning and permanent piece of art which now decorates the wall inside the King Centre at Hospice. Islanders are invited to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones in a tangible and meaningful way through engraved dedications on each of the 450 metal leaves.
Jersey Hospice Care provides free and confidential bereavement counselling and emotional support for all Islanders living with dying, their friends and family. Last year, the Bereavement Team supported 261 individuals through 1,242 appointments (comprising 378 hours of telephone, 87 hours of video, and 777 hours of face to face counselling) and have seen client numbers increase as a result of COVID-19. They have seen first-hand the impact of restrictions around travel, gatherings, and funerals as families and loved ones have not been able to grieve in the usual way.
In this time, the team at Hospice are pleased to be able to expand their offerings that help the community remember and celebrate loved ones with the Memory Tree. This is an extension to the annual Light Up A Life remembrance event each December and the Memory Book.
Last year, 958 individuals made a gift to Hospice in memory of a loved one and 474 attended the virtual Light Up a Life event. All of these supporters were invited to be inaugural subscribers to the new Memory Tree and, on Sunday 13th June, all those who had subscribed and dedicated a leaf to a loved one were invited to a special launch event in the King Centre at Hospice.
Mary Le Hegarat, MBACP Accredited Counsellor at Jersey Hospice Care who was at the event on Sunday said: “As we all continue to face the impact of COVID-19, it was a privilege to be a part of this intimate event where families were able to see for the first time this beautiful tree and remember the lives of their loved ones. The Tree and the engraved dedications are for available for anyone who wishes to remember, celebrate or grieve a loved one in this way, and we are really pleased that Hospice is able to offer this in addition to our other services.”
The Memory Tree at Jersey Hospice Care comprises 450 metal leaves in colours of rose, white, and yellow gold and each leaf can be inscribed with a dedication in memory of a loved one for an annual donation to cover the cost of the engraved leaf and help continue to support the ongoing provision of care to current patients and their families. Those who subscribe to the Memory Tree can decide each year if they wish to continue their subscription or have the leaf returned to them to keep forever. The Tree is available to all Islanders, no matter whether they have been bereaved recently or many years previously, or if their loved one was cared for by the team at Hospice or not.
Director of Income Generation, Katrina Hancock, said: “We are delighted to help people celebrate their loved ones in this way and are grateful for the ongoing support for Hospice this provides. As we welcome many other dedications from members of our community remembering their loved ones, this will be a special memorial to all those we love who are no longer with us.”