Group plans for children's memorial garden

WILLSBORO-A local group is trying to bring about a place where families can go to remember.

"Our hopes are that it will be a place for relatives to be able to go to and get some sort of peace with their grief," Lori Provost said.

Provost has dealt with that grief, as she lost a son, Andrew Jacques, when he was 7.

"That was 23 years ago, so this is something that I have been thinking about for a long time," Provost said. "I had the idea initially as something that not only would help myself cope but also help others."

Along with Provost, members of the group to create the memorial garden include Larry Allen, Linda Heintz, Lyman Mero, Peter Rowley, sandi Craig and Pastor Jan Jorgensen.

The group has land already set aside that was donated by the Willsboro Memorial Cemetery, and will be having a dedication ceremony at the site June 18 at 2 p.m.

"The land will be blessed and we will be laying the cornerstone for the garden then," Provost said. "We are hoping to include a labyrinth, a gazebo and the Angel of Hope statue on the site as we work at it."

Provost said that the Angel of Hope statute was the first thing that she wanted to have for the garden.

"That was something that has always been on my mind," she said.

Provost said that the garden and items that will be part of it would be paid for purely by fundraising.

"We are doing this project simply by donation, so as you can imagine, we will need all of the help that we can get," Provost said.

Provost said that currently, the group is selling crocheted angels that were made by her mother and will also be selling memorial stones.

"We are going to be looking to do raffles, dinners, a walk-a-thon, anything that we can do to raise funds," Provost said. "We are just getting started with our planning."

For more information on the Children's Memorial Garden, contact Provost at 963-4311 or Larry Allen at 572-6659.

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