Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW) is hosting a live-streamed non-religious Service of Remembrance for bereaved relatives of patients who have died during this year in the Trust’s hospitals.

The service will take place today (Thursday 17 September) at 1pm from Maidstone Hospital Chapel and will be led by Trust chaplains with support from other hospital staff.

It would be helpful for anyone joining the live-stream to have the following available to use during the service:

  • A flower bulb – one suggestion would be an Hyacinth
  • A candle and something to light it with (or battery operated candle)
  • Something of significance relating to your loved one, such as a photo, or a piece of jewellery, or favourite item.

The service will last for about 30 minutes via Facebook Live, due to the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

You can join the service through Facebook Live on the official MTW Facebook account at: https://www.facebook.com/mymtwhealthcare 

Simply follow the page and join the livestream as it begins at 1pm today.

Please note, this event is no longer taking place via YouTube Live, but will be available to watch on our YouTube channel after the event has finished.

If you would like further information, or would wish to talk with someone, please call either of the numbers below:

  • Rev Nicola Mitra, Chaplain at Maidstone Hospital  01622 224569
  • Rev Stephen Baker, Chaplain at Tunbridge Wells Hospital 01892 635438

Helpful contacts:

  • CRUSE Bereavement Care

Provides ongoing support and/or counselling for relatives and friends

Tel: 0844 477 9400 Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

  • The Samaritans

Provides a 24 hour day telephone helpline

Tel: 01692 532323 Website: www.samaritans.org

  • The Child Bereavement Charity

provides specialised support and information to all those affected when a child dies or when a child is bereaved.

Tel: 0149 456 8900 Website: www.childbereavement.org.uk

  • Winston’s Wish

An organisation helping bereaved children and young people rebuild their life after a family death.

Tel: 08452 030405 Website: www.winstonswish.org.uk

  • Age UK

Provides information, advice and support to people in later life.

Tel: 0800 169 2081 Website: www.age.org.uk

  • The WAY Foundation

provides a support network for those under 50 who have been widowed.

Tel: 0300 012 4929 Website: www.wayfoundation.org.uk

  • National Association of Widows

An organisation run by widows for widoes that offers comfort, friendship and a listening ear.

Tel: 024 7663 4848

  • Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Provides support for those who have lost a partner in a same gender relationship.

Tel: 0300 330 0630 Website: www.llgs.org.uk

  • The Ruby Foundation

‘Taking the fear out of dying’ – caring for people and their families facing death and after.

Tel: 0333 011 7566