The Angel Garden helps healing from lives cut too short
This corner of the larger garden is quiet, peaceful like a gentle sigh and alive with the soft waltz of sunlight and shade. Memories grow here like the pink and white roses.
It’s called The Angel Garden, part of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s Tanglewood gardens at 3090 N. 12th St.
The Angel Garden is small, like those it honors and remembers.
It is for families who have lost babies during pregnancy or shortly thereafter, and it is for the babies who were lost. It will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
“We realized there aren’t a lot of pathways for healing your grief when you lose a baby during pregnancy,” said Adrianne Wagner, a Hospice youth counsellor. “People are uncomfortable talking about it, and there can be this feeling that you’re expected to get over it.
“It’s an important part of the grieving process to reflect, to memorialize and pay tribute. We want to recognize that this baby is loved.”
Wagner and her husband lost their first daughter during the eighth month of pregnancy, “and there were all these questions: Are we parents? Are we not parents?”
Wagner now is co- facilitator of the pregnancy and infant loss support group at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month at St. Mary’s Pavilion, entrance 25. She said her work with the group germinated the idea for The Angel Garden, a project two years in the making.
After discussing the idea with Christy Whitney, Hospice president and chief executive officer, and working with volunteers and Hospice staff, the garden slowly came to life. Loved ones can buy engraved bricks for $100, which will be laid in the garden. The garden also has two sculptures created by artists at Cricket Forge, one an angel-shaped bench and the other a pregnant mother. Wagner said the two pieces are available for naming — $25,000 to name the bench and $10,000 to name the mother sculpture, with proceeds going to maintain the garden.
“It’s important for parents to have a place to come and remember,” Wagner said. “This person lived and was important. When we lost our daughter, this was a baby I loved and bonded with for eight months and who lived for four hours. She’s someone I’ll always remember.”
For information or to buy a brick, call 241-2212 or go to http://www.hospicewco.com.