Auburn, Maine 10.31.14 - Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice hosted a ribbon cutting event unveiling its Stone Garden that represents the migration of the spirit for the patients and their families who are cared for at its Hospice House in Auburn, Maine. The ceremony was held on Friday, October 27th, a beautiful afternoon, with 25 guests, staff and community members joining in on the celebration.
Present to dedicate the new Stone Garden included Julie Shackley, President/CEO; Mary MacMahon, Foundation Chair; Karen Flynn, Hospice Director; sisters Lucie and Dianne Boucher, artists; and Claudia Takacs, wife of the late Antony Takacs who created the iron stands for the bowls.
The Stone Project represents the Migration of the Spirit. After the actual loss of a loved one, perhaps the greatest challenge for a survivor is letting go emotionally. While the passage of time itself works to this end, ceremony and the physical things which embody a ceremony can make this easier, both pointing the way and leading the survivor to a peaceful acceptance.
These are the ideas behind Migration of the Spirit, a collection of fused glass vessels arranged to symbolize the emotional letting go of a loved one. Stones originally placed in a bowl inside the Hospice House are over time and with appropriate ceremony moved, first outside and then, through the descending sequence of five vessels, to the ground and the environment from which all life originates. Migration of the Spirit is a collective artistic effort of professional glass artist Lucie Boucher of Stone Ridge Glass and her sister Dianne Boucher, science teacher and artist in training.