"Life isn't about surviving the storm...it is about learning to dance in the rain." Anonymous

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ways to Remember Idea #3

Well, my goal of posting an idea every other day got a little off track, so many apologies!  Unfortunately, not having time to post on the blog usually means we have been really busy in the office. 

So, we have gotten many ideas in (all wonderful!!)  Today, I wanted to share a simple idea that I absolutely love.  After the loss of a loved one, whether it is a child, parent, or someone else who is special, many people want to plant something that will perpetuate.  Some people plant the plants they receive from others after their loss.   I actually planted a butterfly bush that a neighbor gave us after Elizabeth's death and it makes me think of her every day.  I especially love to see butterflies in the yard, even if they are not around the butterfly bush.  I think that maybe they are there just for her bush and to send me little messages. 

Anyway, the idea today actually came from a friend.  She and her family planted a garden in memory of their baby.  They have tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and a couple of other things.  She said she got the idea from one of her favorite childrens' book series, Beatrix Potter.  Her family named their garden "Emily's Garden".  They have 2 other children who help tend the garden and it gives them all a chance to say Emily's name and talk about her.  It has become, for them, a very special place for them to come and in many ways, work through their grief while working in their garden.  They have told me that when they eat some of the food from their garden that it just makes them smile because of all the love that went into perpetuating their garden.  What a great idea!

If you have an idea, share it with us.  We would love to hear and share it!

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