First memorial day at Downham Grange nursing home
Families of past residents at Downham Grange paid a return visit to the care home in Clackclose Road, Downham Market, on Saturday for a special memorial event. More than 15 people attended the home’s first Memorial Day and took part in a simple ceremony to pay respects to their loved ones.
Visitors, staff and current residents gathered around a memorial bench in the home’s new memorial garden for lay preacher Steven Reid to make an address. Families then wrote personal messages to their loved ones on tags with Forget-me-Not flower seeds embedded in them before planting them in the new garden.
The event finished with a buffet and organ music played by Mr. Reid, who is a regular visitor to Downham Grange. Some of the families then went to see residents they know in the home. Activities coordinator Tracy Nicholls said: “The day went really well and we are going to make it an annual event. “The families who came thought the memorial garden was beautiful and everyone thought a memorial day was a lovely idea. “Even people who could not make it this time contacted me to express their support. One lady, Rhoda Bray wrote, ‘I am sad and disappointed I am unable to attend the Memorial Day.
My dear mum lived at Downham Grange for seven years and made a lot of friends who included all the wonderful carers who looked after her during her stay. I shall visit the garden and remember all the residents I met at Downham Grange’.”