November is a special month for the majority of our homes around the country – it’s when we pause to reflect and pray together for our beloved residents who passed away during the year. Our Remembrance Masses are deeply emotional but beautifully healing occasions for residents, families of the deceased, and nursing home staff. Every home has their own unique and personal approach to how they celebrate mass and decorate the homes – many use personalised remembrance candles which are so very beautiful.
Scroll down to view photographs from our homes around the country…
Adare & District Nursing Home
Fr. Eugene Boyce and Rev. Liz Beasley co-celebrated the Remembrance Mass at Adare & District Nursing Home, with all staff doing prayers of the faithful, readings and poems throughout the mass.
Cloverlodge Nursing Home, Shinrone
Fr Meehan, our local priest, celebrated mass. We were delighted to welcome Mrs Evelyn Hennessy (the lady in the pink coat in the first photograph), who’s husband Pat passed away this year.
Mary O’Meara provided the music, and staff did the readings and sang the hymns together with members of the community, who came to celebrate mass with us. Director of Nursing Eileen Kirwan welcomed everyone to the home, and although she understood how difficult it is for family of deceased residents to revisit the home at this time she was pleased to see so many in attendance. The kitchen staff did an amazing job providing refreshments during the evening.
Image 1: Mrs Evelyn Hennessy with Fr Meehan
Image 2: Fr Meehan celebrating mass
Image 3: Mr & Mrs Butler with receptionist Aisling England
Image 4: Resident Dan Fogarty with home administrator Breda Harte
Image 5: Care Assistant Martina O’Brien with resident Frances Conroy
Sligo Nursing Home
Residents preparing for our Remembrance Mass held on the 16th November, along with Father Cawley who celebrated mass.
Kilrush Nursing Home
Newly ordained bishop of Killaloe visited Kilrush Nursing Home to celebrate mass with local curate Fr. Martin Blake. Family members of deceased residents attended the mass together with all nursing home staff. We enjoyed a moving ceremony, which finished with a video presentation by care assistant Sujan George of lovely photo images, with backing music, of residents who had passed away in the last year. Such a lovely idea Sujan, it meant a great deal to residents’ families.
Nurse Breda Morris hand painted glass beautiful candle holders with photos of each deceased resident. Breda’s daughter Aoife came in to play the concertina during mass. It was such an emotional day for everyone.
The bishop unveiled a plaque in memory of his visit and also met with residents afterwards. Residents made welcome pictures as well as colouring leaves for the remembrance tree which was drawn by visiting secondary students.
St Martha’s Nursing Home
Our Remembrance Mass was attended by family members and friends of our deceased residents who passed during the year, and was celebrated by our Parish Priest Fr. Tom Naughton. Family members partook in the readings, prayers of the faithful and also by bringing each candle to the alter during a reflection where each resident was remembered by having the candle lit and placed on the alter.
There was also an opportunity for other residents who wished to remember their loved ones to bring a candle up and have it lit in their memory.
Our beautiful Remembrance Mass Tree was created by residents during an Arts and Crafts session.
Castle Gardens Nursing Home
“Our remembrance service went off very well, with the majority of bereaved families represented. It was an extremely emotional occasion for everyone directly involved. On behalf of the entire team at Castlegardens I convey our heartfelt condolences to the families of our residents who sadly passed away in the last 12 months. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all”
June M. Annesley
Director of Nursing
Rush Nursing Home
Our alter dressing for the Remembrance Mass. I am most grateful to my entire team for your dedication and time to making this special celebration all the more special for residents, families and friends who attended.
Susan Massey, Director of Nursing