Dedicating a Hope Patch as a Remembrance Garden
The idea for our first Hope Patch came as a remembrance garden. My wife’s uncle Don had just passed away. Don was a welder and one of his last gifts to us was a large, sturdy iron shepherd’s crook that would hold a flower basket. That following November, to celebrate All Soul’s Day at our parish, the staff distributed tulip bulbs with a note encouraging us to plant that bulb and believe that new life was on the way to our beloved dead.
The Hope Patch as a remembrance garden was born. We cleared a small portion of land in our backyard and pounded the shepherd’s crook into the ground. Then, at the base of the staff, we planted the tulip bulb. Later, we created a garden sign with the words, “Hope Patch” and hung it over the small garden. We added more tulip bulbs that fall and in the spring, we added petunias, impatiens, and begonias. Every year we add