Path of Life

Create a lasting memorial to a loved one by having your message engraved onto our Path of Life

Path of Life
The Path of Life at Grove House in St Albans curves along the outside of the day hospice and edges of the pretty garden area. You can create a special memorial to your loved ones by dedicating a granite stone on our Path of Life. The path leads through Grove House's peaceful garden and is a walk of encouragement and support for all those who are facing a hard journey in their lives.

Kevin & Loraine's Story

Loraine Stephens 2Kevin’s wife, Loraine, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the Winter of 2011, during her illness she received care and support from the Rennie Grove Hospice Care nurses at Grove House. Sadly, Loraine died less than a year after her diagnosis but Kevin and his family always remembered the time she spent at Grove House.Path of Life portrait

Kevin decided to dedicate a brick on The Path of Life in her memory a few years later: “Loraine was a wonderful gardener and a great musician who loved helping people. Her brick looks lovely and has been positioned in just the right place, next to her ‘Lady in Red’ plant that I donated to the day hospice garden some time ago.

“Loraine loved the simple things in life and enjoyed nature, so the Path of Life seemed a fitting place to recognise her life in a way that we hope provides inspiration and peace to others. It certainly has to us.”

Granite Stone options

Download a Path of Life order form here

£75, Small granite stone (rectangular)


Details: 200mm x 100mm, 2 lines, black lettering
£75 could pay for 3 health assessments for patients at Grove House 

Small granite stone rectangular

£150, Small granite stone (square)


Details: 200mm x 200mm, 2 lines, black lettering 
£150 would fund 5 consultations in our Grove House Nurse Clinic 

Small granite stone square

£650, Medium granite stone (square)


Details: 300mm x 300mm, 3 lines, black lettering
£650 would pay for 13 Family Support Sessions for bereaved children and adults


Medium granite stone square

£2,000, Large granite stone (square)


Details: 600mm x 600mm, 4 lines, black lettering
£2,000 could fund the cost of the Hospice at Home night team for 4 nights 

Large granite stone square2

Please note, the donation amounts above are suggested amounts that will cover the cost of your granite stone, inscription, administration, delivery and installation.

Creating your special message

  • Each dedication can have up to 15 characters per line, including punctuation and spaces.
  • You can write your own name, the name of someone special you would like to remember, or your own group or company name.
  • You may also like to add a personal message. Here are some examples of ​messages that have been already been added to the Path of Life:

"You were there for me always" Path of Life curve
"Husband, Father, Brother. Forever in our hearts" 
"Beautiful, precious friend to so many"
"Never gave up, with us always, forever friends"
"You were there for us, thanks"
"Don't worry, be happy"
"Behind every cloud there is sunshine"
"Our little star"
"A very special mum and friend - forever loved"
" A one off"
"A kind, caring, loving lady"
"My beautiful friend"

Please bear in mind the Path of Life is intended to be a happy place at the heart of our day hospice so the messages need to be positive and uplifting. Therefore, we ask that the words 'In memory' and lifespan dates are not used and instead your own loving message chosen.

See Path of Life terms and conditions


How to dedicate a granite stone

To make a dedication on the Path of Life, contact our Fundraising team ​on the details below or download and return an order form: download Path of Life order form here.