In 2019-20, Osler held the organization's first-ever Community Remembrance Ceremonies, pushing the boundaries of compassionate care for our patients and the loved ones they leave behind.

Remembering loved ones

While the thought of returning to the hospital where your loved one passed away can bring back deeply personal and distressing feelings, it may also be a meaningful place for closure and healing after this loss.

In the fall of 2019, Osler held Community Remembrance Ceremonies at both its Brampton Civic and Etobicoke General Hospital sites. The ceremonies honoured patients who had died at Osler in 2018, and provided an opportunity for family and friends to come together as a community to remember and connect with staff, physicians and volunteers at the hospital.

The two gatherings, which included live readings and music, drew more than 150 people. Those who came were visibly moved by the gesture and grateful for the chance to connect with the hospital in a more personal way and to gather as a community impacted by loss. Osler’s Spiritual Health Therapy team was also there to offer additional support and reflection.

The plan, prior to the emergence of COVID-19, was to hold the Remembrance Ceremonies on site on an annual basis. While we remain committed to offering some kind of meaningful observance to family and friends of loved ones who have passed away at Osler, what it may look like in light of the pandemic is uncertain at this time.