When I am feeling distraught I seek solace outside, in nature or in the garden. Sometimes alone, sometimes with another, sometimes in a crowd. Nature has a calming effect on the troubled heart. Having a special place to go aids in the mindful process of healing and meditation.
Memorial Gardens and Peace Gardens were and are created to provide just such a place for folks to visit and reflect. Memorial Gardens are designed to honor a departed person or group of people. Peace Gardens are meant to foster peace between different peoples, groups or countries. “A symbol of hope for peace and renewal in our lives, our community, and the world.” (from The Garden of Peace in Boston Massachusetts).
During this darkest of Decembers, I offer you the opportunity to visit the places, click on the links, or just view the photos below.