Cornish healthcare charity Cornwall Hospice Care is hosting a virtual remembrance event on Sunday 7th June 2020 so people can still honour their loved ones. The current Covid-19 crisis has led to the cancellation of the charity’s popular beach-based Reflections events so the occasion has now gone online.
(The picture above was taken at last year’s Reflection event at Polkerris near Fowey when a raft covered in Gerberas and personal messages was floated on the sea as a guitar was gently played.)
Clare Bray is Community Engagement Officer for Cornwall Hospice Care; “We might not be able to gather at the water’s edge this year to remember, but we know how important it is for people to reflect on family and friends who have passed away. We decided to make this a virtual event that’s open to everyone, whether the person you’re remembering died at one of our hospices or not.”
“We’re launching Reflections Online now as it’s Dying Matters Week, a time when we encourage people to talk about dying and about bereavement,” says Clare, who adds; “There’s no cost to our virtual event, we just want to give people a way of remembering while they can’t gather together to reflect.”
Send your dedication now
The idea is that people email a dedication to the charity at firstname.lastname@example.org including the names of those making the dedication, the message and the name of the person or people they want to remember. “You can also email one picture that can be viewed with the message,” says Clare; “Then on Sunday 7th June all the messages will be open to view on a special memory page on our website at https://www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/events/reflections/ At 5pm that day we’ll also be lighting a candle on our Facebook page and asking everyone to light their own candle at the same time.”
In previous years the charity’s Reflections events have taken place on beaches at Polkerris near Fowey and at Trebah Garden on The Helford River.