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26 July 2014 UCF Comments Off

Your Garden
One of the most common requests that come from bereaved families is to acknowledge their connection to their loved one in a tangible and meaningful way by leaving a mark within the grounds of Daw House. In response to these requests, the Foundation are committed to fulfilling this special and unique need for families who have lost their loved ones.

The loss of a loved one is a trying time, what can make a difference is an environment that assists us to heal and reflect within. The Foundation believes that it is vital to provide the community with a space that promotes feelings of tranquility and calm.

Just like a family tree, formed by the coming together of many different journeys, the ‘Your Garden’ project will centre around ‘The Tree of Life’ that will hold leaves honouring each deceased individual’s life story.

The Daw House Hospice Foundation had raised $32,000 of the $35,000 needed to bring the project to life and applied to UCF for a $2,000 grant to complete the paving section under the ‘Tree of Life’ within this garden.

Objective measures:

  • Area paved in the completed garden concept

Experiential outcomes:

  • Fulfillment of community need for bereaved families in the southern region
  • Assist bereavement processes for families whose loved one died in the hospice
  • Opportunity for deceased people to be recognised as a part of a ‘bigger picture’
  • Provide a ‘special’ place for people to remember their connection and remember who
    their loved one was as a person rather than the disease that they died from.

Once the ‘Your Garden’ project has been completed, the sale of memorial leaves will provide an ongoing revenue source to assist the Foundation in fundraising the $97,500 required each year to support end of life care services in the southern region.

The UCF Board were pleased to approve this grant application for $2,000 to help complete the project.