Day 17: Sacred Space
October 17, 2016 ♥
My favorite sacred slace is Lily's special spot, located in my hometown of Crozet, Virginia. Her memorial stone was custom designed, just for her. It took 3 1/2 years to get her permanent stone, but it was worth the wait. It gave me time to think about what I truly wanted and how best to capture the story of Lily's life and legacy through her stone. Literally every single thing incorporated in her stone has deep meaning behind it.
It does my heart good to have a place to visit and to be able to do something tangible for Lily, decorating her spot for different holidays and seasons. I like her spot to look as lovely as possible, in case she gets any visitors. :) I hope that when people see her stone, whether they know Lily and I or not, that they think her stone is beautiful and can tell how loved and missed she is. I hope they can just feel the love, the love I have for my precious daughter who I can only mother through things like designing her stone and tending to her special spot.
I live in another state, so don't get to Lily's spot as often as I'd like, but I'm thankful that I have family and friends who take decor and tidy up at my request.
We have gatherings at Lily's spot on special dates/occasions and to me, it's not morbid, as I'm sure others might think it is. To me, I don't think about what a cemetery is, I think about the beauty of having a stone to honor one's life. To have a stone, one must have existed. To have a stone means she is with Jesus and is still alive.
A couple other sacred places are Lily's garden at my home, the hospital where she was born, the National Memorial for the Unborn in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she has a brick paver, the beach, and mountains.
Click here to read all about Lily's stone.
-Click here to see all of my photos from CYG 2016.