Pedersen Funeral & Cremation Service in Morris, MN, is collaborating with the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) to sponsor a Remembrance Garden honoring those who have died. The garden will be part of the WCROC Horticulture Display Garden located just outside of Morris and will serve as a peaceful place for people to reflect and be reminded of their loved ones.

“Remembering is a way to recognize, respect, and celebrate a life. The Remembrance Garden will help those on the journey through grief experience healing and feel comfort knowing that their loved ones will not be forgotten,” says Rose Murphy, Grief Care Coordinator at Pedersen.

Leading up to the garden, a walkway of engraved brick pavers will memorialize those who have passed. Pavers can be purchased through the funeral home and can include a single name or a couple’s name. The cost per paver is $100, helping ensure that the Remembrance Garden will be beautifully maintained for years to come. Rose hopes all will consider this meaningful act of remembrance. She says, “When a loved one dies, regardless of the length of the individual’s life, memorialization keeps a part of them alive. We encourage anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one, from miscarriage to old age, to establish a place of remembrance in the Remembrance Garden.”

In addition to providing an open opportunity for all to enjoy the serene beauty and honor loved ones, the funeral home intends to hold future events at the garden. Rose says, “Having a healing space that is accessible to everyone helps build a sense of community. It can create an opportunity for new friendships and perhaps new family traditions. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this special Remembrance Garden in collaboration with the WCROC.”

August 2021