Staff say the pandemic has forced them to find other ways to support grieving families.
A bereavement nurse at Mullingar Regional Hospital says the pandemic has forced them to find other ways to support grieving families.
A new memorial bench is being unveiled at Belvedere House today, with the hospital unable to host its annual remembrance service.
Emma O'Sullivan says the staff are hoping the gesture will bring comfort to bereaved families:
"Over the past 18 months, it's been incredibly hard for families who have lost loved ones. People have been unable to mourn in a traditional way.
"So we hope that this bench will signify to the community that the staff of Mullingar Hospital are always thinking of those who've died at the hospital.
"Plus, we hope the beautiful location will allow people the space and connection with nature, which can be so helpful when grieving."
Members of Hospital Management, Clinical Staff and Local Clergy are meeting to unveil the bench and take part in a tree planting ceremony.
They'll be joined by Barry Lucy and members of his family, who will represent all bereaved families. They will honour the memory of their late parents Sean and Clare.
Barry Lucy added;
“This bench is a physical reminder to all of us who have lost someone that the doctors, nurses and staff at Mullingar Regional Hospital care deeply for the welfare of their patients and that the work they do is more than just a job to them.
"I can never adequately express my family's gratitude for the dignity and consideration with which they treated my parents in their last days.”