If you've been looking for a way to preserve the memory of your baby, you may have already come across the suggestion to start a memorial garden. In fact, I've suggested it myself several times.
With summer finally taking root all over the country, you may already be looking at a list of chores to do in the yard. Maybe your yard is the last thing on your mind as you work through your grief, or maybe you've reached a stage where you're looking for distraction. Either way, creating a memorial garden might be a welcome activity.
The benefits of gardening are well-documented. According to this article from the University of Minnesota-Extension, gardening can help combat depression, relieve stress, and provide physical benefits as well.
Other benefits include:
- a sense of control and empowerment
- diversion from your thoughts
- stimulation of all your senses
- exposure to sunlight and fresh air
There's a lot to learn about gardening, but even a first timer can create something personal and beautiful with a few simple, easy-to-care-for plants.
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