Almost 200 people attended Summer Gathering last night, Royal Trinity Hospice’s informal evening of remembrance for recently bereaved relatives and friends.

The annual event provides an opportunity for friends and relatives to return to Trinity, often for the first time since the death of their loved one. For others, it is the first visit to the hospice which they have heard so much about.

Many family members and friends welcomed the chance to reconnect with staff and volunteers and to thank Trinity for the care they and their loved one received. Others enjoyed the opportunity to connect with each other and share their stories and experiences of Trinity.

During the evening, friends and families walked in Trinity’s award-winning gardens, wrote in the memory book and spent time in reflection or prayer in Trinity’s new Garden Room. Each family was provided with a bouquet of flowers as they departed.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive at Trinity, said, “The journey before and after the death of a loved one is very personal and intimate but year after year we see that friends and families take comfort in the solidarity of Summer Gathering. It’s an emotional evening but we hope that friends and families go away in the knowledge that there is nothing to fear here and that everyone is always welcome at Trinity.”

Summer Gathering is just one way Trinity supports friends and families through bereavement. We also offer counselling and a monthly bereavement drop-in for friends and relatives of loved ones who have received care from Trinity.

Trinity would like to thank Floral Angels and Birksen for the donation of flowers and Davy’s and Waitrose Clapham Junction for the donation of wine.