In recent weeks, Christ Church Rushbrooke in County Cork hosted a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for the lives of the five residents of Cobh Community Hospital who died of COVID-19 during the pandemic.
This service was an opportunity for the staff of Cobh Community Hospital and the bereaved families to come together to mourn and commend the souls of those who died to the gracious keeping of Almighty God.
The officiant at the service was the Rector of Cobh and Glanmire Union of Parishes, The Revd Paul Arbuthnot. He was joined by the Administrator of Cobh Cathedral, Fr Tom McDermott who gave an Address.
The lessons and prayers were read by staff and board members of Cobh Community Hospital. The music was provided by Dom Finn and John Daly of Cobh Cathedral. The Director of Nursing at Cobh Community Hospital, Erica Mulvihill also spoke at the service.
During the service the bereaved families were invited to place candles on the altar as part of an act of remembrance. At the end of the service each family was presented with a carved representation of a tree by Toddy Stafford of the Friends of Cobh Hospital.