GUH Ecumenical Memorial Service to be held next week

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Galway University Hospitals (GUH) will hold its 12th annual Ecumenical Memorial Service on Thursday 11 November at 7pm in the Church of Holy Family in Mervue.

The service aims to provide a spiritual space to support families in the grief they are experiencing, and to provide a supportive and empathetic environment.

It also gives an opportunity to staff to reflect and bring closure to their care of the deceased and their families.

Anne McKeown, Bereavement Liaison Officer at GUH said, said they hope that the service will support families in the grief they are experiencing as part of their loss.

She said that families and friends who have attended previous services have found it a beneficial experience.

“The committee are conscious that because of the pandemic we as a society have been unable to gather and mourn as a community,” said Anne.

“The theme for this year’s service is ‘Remembering Together’. The service will be led by hospital staff who will share a selection of readings and reflections and songs while honouring the memory of our deceased patients.”

The service will be livestreamed on for those unable to attend.

To comply with public health guidance, they are asking that those who attend the service are fully vaccinated, wear face masks or shields at all times and sanitise their hands entering and leaving the Church.