A place for love and memory
FOR MEMORY –
This place will allow us to have memorial stones naming people whose cremains are scattered on our property in lieu of particular plantings or markers.
FOR BEAUTY –
It will be a gentle, beautiful place for contemplation and memory.
FOR COMMUNITY –
Many religious communities have cemeteries, crypts, columbariums and the like. Our memorial garden will be a collective place for our Fellowship to remember those we love.
ONGOING PLANS –
Phase one of the garden was implemented in fall of 2023. It included the removal of grass, addition of mulch and a few perennials, and the placement of the plaque and initial memorial stones. Future phases include adding more plantings, benches, and a water feature.
MEMORIAL GUIDELINES –
Our Fellowship is always changing, and that includes our property. We cannot promise that a location will remain the same, and so we do not allow the burial of any remains, or the placement of memorial markers, trees, or plants in any specific location. No matter where ashes are scattered, the stone will be in the garden. Our policies are being updated, check back soon for finalized details.
THE MEMORIAL GARDEN PLAQUE:
The quote on the plaque at the entrance of the memorial garden is from the poet Mary Oliver’s poem, “In Blackwater Woods.” It has been, and continues to be, used at every Fellowship memorial service:
“To live in this world you must be able to do three things: To love what is mortal, to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it, and when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
TO OBTAIN A STONE:
Stones are only created for people who are affiliated with our Fellowship (members, friends, or their immediate family) whose cremains/ ashes are scattered on our property.
To order a stone, fill out the form at tinyurl.com/UUstone or use the QR code.
Stones are $200. Additional donations are welcome to support the upkeep of the garden. If that cost is prohibitive, let us know when you complete the form.