A Place to remember

Azalea Gardens provides anyone who has experienced the grief of a lost pregnancy, a safe, private, comforting place to remember the baby they cannot hold. 

Established to help individuals and families move though their crises of early pregnancy loss, this peaceful place provides a place of comfort on the journey toward re-establishing life without their baby. Personal growth can result from the parent working at becoming whole again and beginning to believe God really is a God of love. Individualized spiritual counseling is provided by Rev. Cathy Arends.

 

MEMORIAL BRICKS IN THE AZALEA GARDEN

Surrounding the calm reflection pond are brick pavers with bronze plaques commemorating the tiny lives. The bricks may be ordered with a taxable donation of $40 or more. 

 

THE HISTORY

Located at 18642 Magnolia Estates in Prairieville, LA, Azalea Gardens' design was the heartfelt service project of Anthony Tradewell, 3rd year student, Louisiana State University (LSU) College of Art and Design. The reflection pond in the center of the Gardens is a place for meditation and a place of remembrance for babies lost to miscarriage. All garden building materials, azaleas and crape myrtles were donated by local businesses; the labor was donated by several dedicated LSU Agriculture students. Garden construction began Mother's Day Saturday, 2002, and was completed in the Summer.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

"Remembering Love" is a unique memorial service honoring and acknowledging early pregnancy loss and is held annually at Azalea Gardens. 

The event consists of a memorial service, balloon release, and light refreshments as we remember the babies we aren't able to hold because of early pregnancy loss.  Find peace and comfort through fellowship with other parents who have experienced the same.  All are welcome.

"Remembering Love" will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 2 pm at Azalea Gardens.  Call 225.677.9303 to register your attendance.  

Contact  Rev. Arends regarding the next event.

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Each year when the azaleas bloom
I remember another spring
That one wore a pall.
The rain would not stop.
It poured deep into my heart.
I was sure it would never,
ever, stop.
It did,
though I sometimes wish it hadn't.
I was stuck between forgetting and remembering.
Remembering won.
Now I see my baby in the azaleas.
They bloomed that spring while he died.
I no longer hold it against them.
- Author Unknown
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“The Remembering Love event gave us the opportunity to remember our baby, to talk about her and share our story. We were able to hear from others who had also experienced a loss that has no name, that you cannot understand until you are walking through it. Sharing that special time with others helped us know that we were not alone.”
by JL