New reflection space offers place of peace

14 March 2023

A new Reflection Garden has been completed at SCC Caloundra Aged Care, with staff, residents and guests gathering for the official opening ceremony on 8 February.

The Reflection Garden provides a dedicated space where residents, families and staff of SCC Caloundra can go to gather thoughts, remember special people and be able to have time in quiet contemplation.

The idea for the new garden came from the shared vision of Karen Wilson, SCC Caloundra Residential Manager, and Jason Eldering, SCCQ CEO, which was to make good use of a bare area on the grounds, and create a space with purpose.

It was this vision, together with the help of SCCQ’s Property Team, who brought the new garden to life.

“For some loved ones, it’s the first time they have been back to the home since they lost their special person and for many it’s a chance to look back on the lives well lived. When someone dies, sometimes peace can be hard to find, and this is where the idea of the Reflection Garden came from.” Said Karen.

Since 2021, the home has also been holding regular memorial services to remember their residents who have passed away, and the Garden now gives those residents and respective families another way to remember their loved ones.

“The statue is representative of Compassion. The symbolism of the arms reaching our and encircling the child encapsulate a heart of compassion, the essence of caring, including empathy, listening, and being present.” Said Julie Walden, SCCQ’s Head of Pastoral Services who attended and offered a blessing at the Opening Service.

The Opening Ribbon was officially cut by SCCQ’s Chief of People and Mission, Mike Hart, and a blessing was also offered by Chaplain Michael Stewart, SCC Caloundra Chaplain from 2004 to 2021.

“Over the years as Chaplain, Michael Stewart and his team of pastoral carers provided such wonderful support to our residents. He built strong bonds with people based on faith and love, and he led the way to help build pastoral support into all SCC homes, which at Caloundra is now led by Kristie McManus.” Said Residential Manager,  Karen Wilson.