Snapshots: 'Love blooms eternal' at UW-Green Bay Memorial Garden
The student group, “Together We Cope: Support for UW-Green Bay Grieving Students” inaugurated a Memorial Garden on campus with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, near the carillon and the University Union. Members of the University community were invited to plant an annual flower in honor of a deceased loved one. The UW-Green Bay group is the local chapter of the nationwide grief-support organization National Students of AMF. (AMF isn’t an acronym but rather the initials of the woman who inspired the movement.) Prof. Illene Noppe of Human Development, a prominent scholar of death-education issues and a researcher on grief and coping among young people, is the chapter’s adviser.
Faculty, staff, alumni and students planted flowers for deceased faculty and students (e.g., Ganga Nair and Anne Kok, Josh Okon and Whitney Radder) as well as for deceased parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, miscarried babies and others. The organizers hope to continue the event annually each spring semester. The Together We Cope students who were involved in the planning of the garden were Amanda Brodhagen, Ashley Durand and Nicole Hoagland. Rachel Trempe, a senior music education major, sang a rendition of Amazing Grace during the April 28 ceremony. The many people who contributed to this project will be acknowledged on the Memorial Garden website, currently under construction.
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Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Marketing and University Communication