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The meaning of Mother's Day to our community

Mother’s Day is a special occasion that means something different to every one of us, and this year, we spoke with some people at Hospice in the Weald about the significance of this day. Here, they share their Mother’s Day memories, traditions, and ways to celebrate – read on to find out more and watch the full video below.


Precious moments together

From patients and supporters to nursing staff and catering assistants – everyone had something unique to share about Mother’s Day. However, spending time with loved ones and enjoying precious moments together was a common theme. Sharing a meal, laughing, and just having the time to talk and be together was something that resonated with our community.

“I have both girls over with their families and we do a roast, which is our favourite. Then we take the mickey out of each other, talk about what we’ve done for the year, and just laugh until tears roll down our faces,” said Lana, Catering Assistant at the Hospice.


Memories and appreciation

We all know that showing appreciation for mothers and people who are important to us shouldn’t be limited to just one day in the year. But, in the hustle and bustle of life, Mother’s Day gives us a dedicated day to make mums feel special, cherished, and appreciated for everything they have done for us or to reflect on memories if we are spending the day without her.

Emma, a supporter whose mum died last year, with the support of the Hospice at her own home, said: “I suppose it’s bittersweet not having my mum here, but it’s a good time to reflect on my memories with her, all the things we did together, how she was a mum for me and how I’ve based my mothering skills on how she brought me up.”


Joy in the little things

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate Mother’s Day; some people prefer a quiet time at home with their loved ones, while others go ‘all out’ by planning extravagant experiences. However, it is the little gestures, acts of love, and handmade gifts that have stuck in the memories of our community.

“I’ve kept a lot of the things my children made when they were younger, so those are the special memories for me,” said Kathy, a mother of six who attends Living Well.

“When they were little, it was just the usual: little handmade things and a bunch of daffodils, which is so nice, but when they’re older, you get treated,” added Nursing Assistant, Nicola.

Watch: What does Mother's Day mean to you?

However you choose to spend Mother’s Day, we wish you a peaceful and happy Sunday and thank you for your continued support.

Girl walking with patient in the garden

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