A day of remembrance? It is difficult to pause to remember those who have lived at the Gardens, but are now no longer living, without stirring up emotions of sadness and worries about our own declining health. Maybe a date of remembrance can encourage seniors living at The Gardens when they know they too will not be forgotten. Every senior who ever sat in our dining room, and strolled down the halls, and worshipped in our chapel, and yelled “bingo!” in our activity room, has left a lasting impression on the lives who live or serve at The Gardens at Calvary.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day in the south and began as a day to decorate the graves of those who had fallen in war. It later became a day for families to travel to visit the old home-church cemetery to decorate the graves of ancestors and honor their memory.
This year The Gardens at Calvary will place a carnation on each table with the name of a senior who died since last Memorial Day. Twenty-seven beloved seniors will be remembered. Together we will allow our lives to be touched by them again. Together we will say a prayer of thanks for them. Together we will remember on Memorial Day.
Norman Drummond, Chaplain