3/18/2013 5:56 PM
by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - Raleigh General Hospital is constructing a memorial fountain in front of the hospital building to remember loved ones who have passed away.
Senior Friends, a program at the hospital, is sponsoring the Memory Fountain Project to memorialize loved ones. The idea came from members of the hospital's Bereavement Committee, who wanted to replace the memory garden for children and babies currently located behind the building.
Debbie Peyton, director of Senior Friends, said purchasing a memorial stone is one way for parents of these children to cope with loss. "Some of these children that don't live or are still-born, they actually don't do a burial. So this gives them the option to have that," she said.
Head Designer Jason Walker of Green River Garden Center said there will be 15 bubblers inside the fountain to symbolize the infants and doctors at the hospital who have passed away. "It should really give us a nice center focal piece from the road, and even anybody walking in with the sound effect [of the fountain]," explained Walker.
Two sizes of memorial stones are also available for purchase. The smaller stones cost $125 and larger ones cost $250. Part of the proceeds will go toward the engraving process and the rest will go to the Senior Friends Fund.