New memory garden helps with grieving

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Student Health


By Jessica Conrad
Cougar News Blog

     Students might have noticed a new addition sprouting recently on campus. A new garden has been placed in the planter right in front of the office.
     The garden was planted by Mrs. Dolle and a few students in her grief group.
     “It’s a memory garden,” explained Dolle. “Our grief group wanted to think of a nice way to remember loved ones we have lost.”
     The planter was already empty and ready to be filled. Dolle had bought all of the supplies they needed including the petunias and snapdragons they had planted in the planter a few days prior. Fixing up the planter took about two or three days, according to Dolle.
     “After looking at some pictures of different flowers, my group and I decided we liked those flowers the best for the garden,” said Dolle.
     Dolle and her students had really enjoyed the garden. They say it helps them think about their loved ones and how happy they made them.
     “I think the garden is a really good thing,” explains seventh grader Mareena Fick. “Normally when someone dies, you think of dark things. But, when you look at the garden, it’s very colorful and lets you remember that everything will be OK.”

  1. Mrs. Aehlert says:

    The flowers are really beautiful. It makes me happy to see them!

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