When life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade. The coronavirus has certainly changed things in unexpected ways. The spring is typically a very joyful time at the Abbey, particularly because we get to welcome family and friends during our annual Open House. Families gather to remember their departed loved ones, the Kousa dogwoods and irises are in bloom making it the prettiest time of the year to visit the Abbey and others come to see what restorations have taken place since last Memorial Day. But in 2020, our priority is keeping you and all our volunteers safe.
In these extraordinary times, we will be hosting a “virtual” gathering and ask you to participate with us in two ways:
First, we invite you to share a memory and a picture of someone special to you who has passed. Not just those entombed at the Abbey, but your loved ones buried elsewhere that you may not have an opportunity to visit this year. With your permission, we will post your memory on a page on our website for others to read and treasure. Participation is free. Just visit our website greenlawnabbey.org and complete the form.
Second, we hope you will consider sponsoring a flag. We will be hosting an Ohio Proud Field of Flags in recognition of the spirit and pride we have in central Ohio. You can sponsor a flag or two in honor the people you shared a memory of. A lawn covered in Ohio flags will show our community spirit and help the Abbey’s restoration to continue.