Patient Safety Day 2018

July 25, 2018

PLANTING FLOWERS IN MEMORIAM

A living memorial garden has been established in memory of patients who have died, and in recognition of patients who have been injured by preventable healthcare harm.  Each flower planted represents one life, a family, a community, forever changed. 

Flowers are planted in four sections honoring:  

  • Siblings

  • Children

  • Spouses

  • Elders

 

At the entrance of the walking path to the garden is an arbor surrounded by wildflowers. 

 

Hummingbirds and butterflies zing about in the west where red flowers have been planted including: bee balm, echinacea, yarrow, mallow, poppy, carnations, aster, nasturtium, cosmos and more.  The red flowers are planted in honor of life partners and soul mates.

 

In the north white flowers have been planted including: echinacea, feverfew, boneset, cosmos, cohosh, baby's breath, impatiens, poppy, moonflower, morning glory, scented nicotiania jasmine and sunflowers. The white flowers honor the elders: parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.


In the East, are yellow flowers including: calendula, echinacea, gazanias, sunflowers, cosmos, poppy, zinnia and more.  The yellow flowers honor siblings, friends and peers.

 

In the south, there are purple flowers including: delphiniums, lobelia, iris, lavenders, hyssop, violets, pansy, anchusa, New England aster, cupid darts, mallow, giant zinnias, and more.  The purple flowers honor the children.

 

The garden is nestled on an acre of land in midcoast Maine.  

 

If you would like to have a flower planted in the living memorial garden, email voice4patients@aol.com. There is no fee. The garden is family funded.  Include with your request, the name to be honored and which section of the garden to plant the flower in.  Flowers are added to the garden annually on Patient Safety Day, July 25th.