Remembrance at the Home of Compassion

Residents embraced Remembrance Day by channeling their memories of loved ones in the form of art. Some decided to make their very own poppy whilst chatting to friends about their experiences during the Second World War. A few even mentioned lost family members fondly regarded by their parents that were casualties in the First World War. Others quietly concentrated on the communal wreaths.

Our activities team noticed how important the subject of food was to all who joined in. Rationing, queues for basic provisions and the smallest piece of meat known to man seemed to be the most pressing subject to all involved.

In society we often refer to upcycling as a modern trend; however, tales of old curtains being used to make an eclectic coat or a table cloth being fashioned into a simple dress for a growing child proved that this is not a new concept. Anything and everything that could be transformed into essential kit was the order of the day, especially in the last year of the war when nationwide stocks of basic materials were at an all-time low.

On the day when our activities team went to arrange the artworks to display our residents were keen to advise on placement and grouped together to choose how they wanted their pieces displayed. It was a quiet and thoughtful process that showed us how deeply the wars affected their generation.

The residents at the Home of Compassion would like us to remember and appreciate those who gave their lives for our freedom.

If you would like to find out more about life at Home of Compassion, our events and activities, or would like to arrange a visit to our home, please contact us on 0808 223 5406 or email

Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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