New stroke memorial garden opens in Dublin

By June Shannon Stroke News   |   28th Jun 2019

New stroke memorial garden dedicated to all those affected by stroke and their families

A new memorial garden has been opened in Dublin in memory of all those affected by stroke.

The garden in Whitehall in Dublin 9, was created by members of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Whitehall Stroke Support group following the sad death of one of the group’s members.

A plaque which reads, “Though absent you are always near, still loved, still missed, still very dear. Forever remembered by your fellow stroke survivors,” has been placed in the garden to remember stroke survivors who have died.

The garden was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe.

The Whitehall Stroke Support Group is one of 20 such groups organised by the Irish Heart Foundation around the country.

The Coordinator of the group, Helena Heffernan said, “The idea for the garden came after the loss of members and friends. We hope it will help people affected by stroke and their families to know that they will always be part of the stroke support group community. The garden will be a relaxing place where they can remember family and friends who are no longer here with us. We would like to thank the 44th Whitehall Scout Group for their support in providing us with a meeting place for the group and this garden.”

“The idea for the garden came after the loss of members and friends. We hope it will help people affected by stroke and their families to know that they will always be part of the stroke support group community,"

Helena Heffernan, Stroke Group Coordinator, Irish Heart Foundation

Bridie Lyons, Volunteer Stroke Scheme Coordinator, said, stroke support groups are important to survivors as well as their carers and families.

“Having survived a stroke most people lose their confidence; they feel isolated and vulnerable and have difficulty coming to terms with what has happened. The stroke support group becomes a stepping stone for them to help them to renew their interest in previous activities or to move on with confidence to different ones.

“Carers and family members receive emotional support and can avail of counselling offered. The main aim of the support groups is to encourage the survivors to reach a maximum level of function and live the best life possible within the limits imposed by the stroke,” she said.

Speaking at the event, Cllr McAuliffe said, “I’m proud to open this memorial garden for stroke survivors today. It is always important to take time and remember those who have helped us and touched our lives in some way. I hope this garden offers people a place to relax and enjoy the memories of their friends and family members affected by stroke. There is a strong sense of community and support among the groups gathered here today and together you have created a wonderful place and I’m honoured to open it for you.”

The new memorial garden is located at the 44th Whitehall Scout Group, Larkhill Road, Dublin 9 and is open to the local community.

The Irish Heart Foundation Stroke Support Groups are local groups that provide a place for people affected by stroke to come together on a regular basis and share their experiences.

Our support groups can help you cope better and feel less isolated. To find out where your nearest stroke support group is please see here.

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