30 April 2018
RETURN TO NEWS
On 15/11/17, staff at Adelaide House received the devastating news that one of their young relief staff Rebecca Parle had sadly passed away. Staff not only had to deal with their own grief and loss at the difficult time but also had to break the news to the resident group and help them to find a positive way to deal with the emotions that such heart breaking news had created for each of them.
As a group, staff and residents spent time together remembering their colleague / friend, sharing stories & memories of the legacy that she had left at Adelaide House and thinking of a positive way to direct their grief.
The residents took the lead in planning a permanent reminder which was to be in the form of a memory tree.
Each of the residents adopted a role in the project; designing, drawing, creating, buying of items and the overall construction of the piece of art.
When complete, the outcome was fantastic.
The women had created a beautiful tree, which included Rebecca’s photograph, leaves that could be personalised with messages, a bin that contained confectionary items which were both Rebecca’s favourites and that reminded the women most of her.
In addition to the memory tree, on the day of Rebecca’s funeral, the staff and women at Adelaide House held a balloon release which they used to create their own little service in her memory, sharing poems and saying prayers together.