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Canterbury DHB Ceremony Of Remembrance

Ceremony Of Remembrance

On Sunday (27 February), there will be a special public ceremony of remembrance starting at 2pm at Christchurch Anglican Cathedral acknowledging special events that have happened at Christchurch Women’s Hospital over the last 53 years. It is one of a number of events and activities that have been planned as part of the move from the current Colombo Street site of the hospital to its new site on the Christchurch Hospital campus.

Organiser, CDHB Chaplain Hilary Barlow said the service was a commemoration and a celebration.

‘The move from the current site to the new Christchurch Women’s Hospital in Riccarton Avenue has brought back many memories for staff and friends of the hospital, and the ceremony is an opportunity for people to remember,’ she said. ‘Over the lifetime of the hospital, patients, families and staff have experienced many life-changing events. The memory of these experiences can be very powerful. The ceremony will be a way of honouring and respecting people’s memories.’

Rev Barlow said there would be a formal ceremony from 2pm to 2.45pm followed by a half hour period when people could remember, reflect and light a candle in honour of their memory. The gift of a memory box will be offered to people attending the ceremony.

The ceremony has been organised by the Christchurch Women’s Hospital Chaplain and staff with assistance from some of the many organisations who support the hospital.

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