Planning the Blessing

Winter continues to visit us; those who anticipate warmth, sunshine and gardening sigh, waiting for more time to pass so we can renew, feel even closer to God and offer our gift of presence to Him. The Garden remains quiet in appearance, yet I know there is so much happening within. More birds visit the feeders each day, the Garden itself offers more promise of growth.

The year 2014 brings with it another loss conference ~ Caring for the Sorrow of Pregnancy & Infant Loss~and I am privileged to be part of it in a breakout session of Care for the Caregiver. Those wonderful nurses who are able to step outside of their own discomfort and wrap their arms (and hearts) around those patients and families experiencing loss will be renewed with aides and reminders of the importance of their work each day. The Garden does this for me: I am reminded of each of these families with each visit to the Garden, to tend to it or simply to ‘feel’ its energy.

Our Blessing/Dedication ceremony is finally (firmly) scheduled. Weather aside, we will meet on June 22nd at 1:00 PM to add our energy, prayers and hope for those families represented. One mother (the mother of Benjamin, who lived and died on April 20, 2011) sent me a note awhile back to let me know that knowing Benjamin’s memorial is part of the Garden gives her great peace; reassurance that he is remembers always, and in this she doesn’t feel so terribly alone in her grief.

This is what we hope for.

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An Angel in the book of life wrote down my baby's birth. Then whispered as she closed the book, too beautiful for earth.