A Sanctuary for Loved Ones
The Sanctuary Garden design provided an area for caring disposition of cremated remains of loved ones. Designed as a place of living beauty it invites one to come not for solace only but for reflection, mediation and quiet prayer.
A blessing and dedication of the Sanctuary Garden in memory of Phyllis L. Ferrone took place on Pentecost Sunday, June 11, 2000. The Rev. F. Cederholm in blessing the garden prayed “All that dies becomes earth, and so it lives again. May this garden soil be both womb and tomb, a home for death and life, so that the seeds of living things, plants and flowers, may die and resurrect here in the garden”.
The garden is maintained and administered by the Sanctuary Garden Committee. Volunteers continue to devote many hours during the summer months to keep the garden at its best. Bob Bell, Bob Begin and Paul Kingston continue to support the maintenance of the garden. A team of professional landscapers under the direction of Jonathan Kurker provide lawn care, pruning and spring and fall clean-up. As always the volunteers this summer did a outstanding job.
Sanctuary Garden brochures and applications are available in the Church office. They state the regulations and policies. All applications and acceptances are recorded in a permanent file in the Parish Office of Christ Episcopal Church.
Funding for the garden comes from fees and donations. The funds are used for perpetual care and improvements. Currently a fee of $500.00 is payable upon approval of application. A brick is engraved with the deceased name/dates and a plaque with the names is displayed in the Narthex.
Professional pruning was done this summer. The teak benches were cleaned and new flowering perennials were planted. In the spring efforts will be made to improve the lawn area.
The Sanctuary Garden Committee would like to thank the Clergy, Vestry and volunteers for their strong support.