The Healing Garden at Harrison Medical Center was dedicated on a warm September 19, 2012, with a small ceremony. One of the invited guests was the widow of a patient (Gary) who had been cared for at the hospital some 7 years ago, and who had been invited to provide a family perspective during the design of the garden. When she came to the dedication, it was purely to celebrate the fruition of a shared dream come true. What she didn't expect was that it would again bring her full circle in her relationship with her now passed husband. This is a portion of her letter to the hospital after the dedication:
On this beautiful warm afternoon my heart was emotionally overwhelmed seeing the beauty of the garden! The sound of flowing water, the garden plantings, the metal sculpture tree full of stunning metal pink flowers, and all the people gathered who had made this garden possible. It was a feast to all my senses and I knew it would be a healing place for "Hope" to grow.
Little did I know that I would personally experience renewed hope that day! At the close of the dedication; doves were let go flying off into the beautiful blue sky. As I was leaving I asked the man about his doves and where he would find them? His reply, "They will be waiting for me when I get home!" In that moment, I saw Gary waiting for me when I fly away to my eternal home.
Hope, comfort, and trust grew dramatically in my heart this day. I am grateful to those who made this healing garden possible.