“In the Garden”
In 1914 C. Austin Miles wrote the famous funeral hymn In the Garden
“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses.
And He walks with me and He talks with me
And He tells me I am his own….”
The hymn stormed the country and became one of the most frequently sung hymns at funerals in the United States. The hymn also began a movement in funeral services whereby the mortuary practices of the country would revolve around the body reposing in the garden
In fact, the movement in Protestant funeral practices in the United States to use the “In the Garden” theme was so strong that funeral homes began to develop facilities which used an indoor garden as the back drop where the body would repose. These chapels were actually solariums with water falls, plants and flowers, and even live birds flying around inside. And, as is seen in ads of the 40’s and 50’s, funeral homes actually utilized the “In the Garden” name.
Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy, and respect. They are means of lending support and sharing the burden of grief.
YOUR TURN, iSissies
In the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that I was a florist in a previous life and I find flowers the perfect remembrance for just about any occasion. I can think of no lovelier way to honor those who have passed than with a beautiful floral display. The Jewish faith does not include floral tributes in their mourning customs, so explore local/religious customs.
A handwritten, heartfelt note is always appreciated and always appropriate.