Marking the Queen's death with a fitting care home service
Anna Chaplain Joan Grenfell in Jesmond, Newcastle, reacted quickly when news came of Queen Elizabeth's death, as she was soon to take a service at her local care home.
‘The Queen’s death came as such a shock. However, on the Friday, the activity coordinator from Craghall Care Home asked me, “Can we put something together for Monday?” (The next time I was due to be with the residents.)
I replied, “We can certainly try!”
And we did!
‘There were more than 20 residents in the lounge when I arrived. Nicola had worked magnificently to prepare the room as well as a booklet for the service and another of memories of the Queen along with a candle and a prayer for each resident.
‘The service had been given to me by my vicar, to which I added two hymns… “Abide with me” and “The Lord’s my shepherd.”
‘It was emotional but beautiful, and so necessary. I had taken some photographs which prompted memories and feelings, which we shared after the service, over tea and biscuits. I was emotionally exhausted when I left, but very contented.’