First Memorial Service in Our Garden
Karen closes the service with a poem she wrote remembering her Dad
Karen DeCoster of Georgetown, family, and friends remembered her Dad, George Anop on Saturday, October 19, 11am – 12pm, at our Broken Heart Patio. The service opened with welcoming comments from Karen and myself, deepened with a eulogy, readings from Mary Oliver poems and Tibetan Buddhist literature, and closed with open time for sharing warm stories remembering George, who was a Veteran. After the service, guests wandered and enjoyed the gardens and Caretaker’s Cottage. The group returned to Karen’s home for food and fellowship.
Guests commented that it was a great space for the small group memorial service. Karen shared the memorial ritual helped provide a sense of closure for her family and was pleased the service went so well. It was a sunny and warm fall day which helped everyone feel comfortable outside. Before and after the service the family set-up and broke-down the gathering space using furniture from the Broken Heart Patio and Pear Tree Patio. The alternate gathering space was inside the Caretaker’s Cottage.
The Broken Heart Patio allowed 20 Guests to Gather. Marlene, Karl, and Myself sat just outside the group.
Increasing Wheelchair-Access in Our Garden Allows All Invited to Participate