Walsall Council has set up an online book of condolence to mark the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as it is not considered safe to encourage large gatherings by offering physical books of condolence during the pandemic.
While there are many ‘silver surfers’ living in residential and care homes, lots of the much older residents do not have access to digital devices and prefer pen and paper. To ensure these residents are able to record their condolences, this week Walsall Council issued specially made condolence cards to all care homes across the borough.
Helda Everitt, Registered Manager of the Cedar Falls Residential Care Home in Walsall said:
“A number of our older residents are of a similar age to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. They well recall his service to the United Kingdom during the Second World War and recognise his loyalty to, and love for, his wife, Her Majesty The Queen. They lived through those unimaginable war years, with many also having very long and loving marriages. Although living completely different lives, they can very much identify with the hardships of difficult times and the loss of their mainstay. I’d like to thank Walsall Council for ensuring our residents have the opportunity to be involved and to offer their condolences.”
Kerrie Allward, Executive Director for Adult Social Care at Walsall Council said:
“All of these images and personal messages are so very special. I was particularly touched by Gloria’s message and tender smile; loss, after so many years is still loss, no matter who you are.”
Note to Editor
Link to book of condolence e-form for the borough of Walsall https://cag.walsall.gov.uk/condolence/addanentry
Link to condolences submitted for the Walsall borough archive https://cag.walsall.gov.uk/condolence/viewbookofcondolence
Link to national book of condolence https://www.royal.uk/?fbclid=IwAR1RZoV7NN4WeXR1Cgj2FR6oopqXkRweVzPo8tSUwarrch5dEWYoKnRhT8I