WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Everyone grieves differently, but for many, a memorial garden that you make at home, using items your loved one cherished, can help you heal.
A workshop held by Lower Cape Fear Hospice on Saturday, September 16 will guide you through the process of making a memorial garden.
"When we lose someone in our lives, we go through various stages of grief and we all grieve very differently, but the garden and creating a memorial garden can be a process that helps you move through those stages of grief and helps you successfully move past your grief," explained Heather Kelejian, who will help facilitate the workshop.
"Part of what I bring into the memorial garden workshop is taking mementos you may have, shoes or coffee mugs, and teaching people how to use those as planters so you can do maybe a memorial garden patio instead of having to have a big yard where you do a garden," Kelejian said. "Losing someone and grieving is very difficult and personal, there's tools that help you move on and to take that grief and turn it into something beautiful."
That's what Mary Ares did, when she created a memorial to her late husband.
"It does help you and it gives you just a whole different perspective how you have all these reminders that sometimes you just get rid of, things that you normally, shoes that you'd get rid of and you don't have to get rid of them," she said. "You can keep them and use them, because you know what it meant to them at the time, so they're nice memories in these ways that will always be helpful to you to give you a little bit of peace."
Lorraine Perry, Lower Cape Fear Hospice's Healing Arts Coordinator and Bereavement Counselor, said the workshop will include a presentation that showcases small and container gardens, gardening demonstrations, a walk through the Heritage Garden and labyrinth and resource materials.
To attend, you must register in advance. To do so, call 910-796-7991.