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Creating a memorial garden

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

When we lose a loved one or a beloved pet, we grieve. We miss the one that is no longer with us. Little things throughout our days remind us of the one that is missing...a smell, a sound, the silence. Wouldn't it be nice to have a special place to go to think and pray and remember?

Have you ever thought of creating a memorial garden to honor your loved one? My own dear mother lost her battle against lung cancer after only a few short months back in 2008. Although I haven't done it yet, I've often thought of creating a special place in my yard to remember her. A beautiful place filled with her favorite flowers. A place for me to remember her and what a blessing she was in my life.

My mom's name was Marian. I could create a garden full of plants that contain her name: Maid Marion roses, marigolds,

and rosemary. I could purchase a garden bench to place near the plants, a place for me to sit and reflect. I could search for some pretty garden art of butterflies or dragonflies and hang some wind chimes. I could plant a tree in her honor and place a memorial stone or plaque near it with her name and picture on it. My little garden could be my own private place, my place to go when I'm having a bad day and just need to talk to my mom.

My mother had the most beautiful smile. She was the kindest, most genuine person I have ever known. She had a knack for making you feel like you were the most important person in the there was no one else but you at that moment. I miss my mom every day, and I look forward to the day when I will see her again on the other side of eternity.

Since I first posted this back in 2021, we have lost a precious granddaughter to stillbirth. Clara James Starbuck was born into eternity on October 11, 2021. We are fortunate that we had the opportunity to hold her for a brief time after she was delivered, and we treasure those moments very much. I still haven't taken the time to create my memorial garden, but now I have two beautiful souls to commemorate. If you have created a memorial garden for a loved one or pet, please feel free to send me pictures. I'd love to get some ideas on what to do.

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