Today I am grateful for a place a found many years ago where I could go and collect my thoughts where it’s quiet and peaceful and now I can go there and also visit my Grandmother’s final resting place.
This place is Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton, Massachusetts. It’s peaceful as it’s a cemetery, but more than that the statues there are just incredible and moving. There are places to sit and little gardens and each season of the year is beautiful, but for me during the Spring when the flowers are blooming and the birds are signing it’s just so inspiring to be there. There are statues of Jesus and the disciples and the massive praying hands on top of the 10 commandments and then there are statues for the veterans and the branches of the service. To wander around the roadways and just take the time to think and be and pray for the families of the ones who’s loved ones are buried there is a way for me to feel connected to One who is always with me. I’ve been going there for years and I rarely go with anyone so that I can have some time to myself when I am feeling overwhelmed or just need some space and to shut the world out.
My Gramma Estelle has been gone now for almost 3 years and she is buried there under this large oak tree and it’s so pretty and comforting to know she is walking there with me in spirit. I can remember all the times we spent together over the years and the phone calls we would share a minimum of once a month. She was my lifeline sometimes on days I needed a good laugh, some gossip, to reminisce about my Grandpa, to hear someone tell me how beautiful and handsome my children are and how proud she was of them and me. She never forgot to say those things before we hung up. She never forgot to tell me how much she loved hearing from me. I miss hearing her voice, but I know she is always near to me whether I go to the Memorial Park or not.
I am grateful for such beauty in a resting place that brings peace to loved ones that have gone before us. I am grateful for a place to wander and behold the work of some very gifted artists in a place that brings comfort to those that need it and those that are seeking it.