Island Hospice Rose Remembrance Day

Ann Rothrock Beattie

Island Hospice holds an annual event in October at Picabella Rose Nursery called “Rose Remembrance Day.” This special function is a fundraising event that celebrates the memory of loved ones lost. The roses at Picabella are absolutely stunning thanks to Sue and Gil Laver, the owners of the nursery.

A Brief History
“For Love of a Rose Day” was started in 1980 by the Raffingora branch of Island Hospice to give comfort to families who had lost children unexpectedly; it was a time to be peaceful and to reflect upon lost loved ones in a beautiful garden of roses.

During the late 1990s, the venue changed to a beautiful garden in the Darwendale area and Island Hospice changed the name to “For Love of a Garden.” They had speakers and a short prayerful service during which names of loved ones gone could be called out and remembered. Since 2013, the “Rose Remembrance Day” has been held at Picabella and has become a truly treasured tradition from Island Hospice and the fundraising committee.

Island Hospice’s mission is as follows: “Island Hospice and Healthcare, being a centre of excellence, provides quality palliative care services and support to those with life threatening illnesses and the bereaved through comprehensive direct care, capacity development, partnerships, research and advocacy.”

To donate to this worthy cause, visit their website at

Picabella: Facebook • +263 77 320 8032
Island Hospice: 6 Natal Road, Belgravia, Harare •  • +263 4 701 674/7
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