We are pleased to announce there is a new remembrance memorial added to this year’s program. Families will have an opportunity to participate in the first ever, planting of wildflower seeds in memory of their loved one.
Additionally this year, we are discontinuing the balloon release memorial done in the past. We have recently been made aware that the balloons, despite being represented as biodegradable, actually take an extensive time (2-4 years on average) to biodegrade.
Lisa Baue, President and owner of Baue states: “Despite assurances by the balloon manufacturers that they are not harmful, we have discovered research that clearly shows they are not safe for our environment. We believe it is the right thing to do, to discontinue releasing balloons. We have an obligation to protect the wildlife and waterways in our community and others.”
Therefore, the new Memorial Planting Ceremony will take the place of the balloon releases. This tribute is designed to leave a colorful and lasting memorial in a wildflower garden area at our cemetery for families to contribute to for years to come.
Every year families receive a biodegradable card to write a memory on that has wildflowers embedded in them. During the new ceremony, families will be able to honor their loved ones by writing their memories on this card and placing their card into a memorial planter.
The contents of the planter will be cared for and transplanted to a new wildflower garden that is being designed at Baue’s cemetery, St. Charles Memorial Gardens.
The Seeds of Hope event, beginning at 11am on Saturday, June 11, is being held at the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center (3950 West Clay Street in St. Charles), is open to the public and is attended by over 250 people each year.
During the program, additional tributes will take place including a reading of the deceased names, a touching poem, special music and a program on grief and loss given by Baue’s Director of Grief Services, Kelly Karavousanos, LPC, CT.
“It is a moving and sacred time for families to participate in an event together in remembering a loved one,” States Kelly Karavousanos “Some people have come for years to participate and it is always a healing experience for them.”
“Baue has been a member of this community and served families in the St. Louis region for over 80 years. We are proud to continue supporting our community with special programs that help survivors heal, like the “Seeds of Hope Program” states Lisa Baue, CEO and 3rd Generation Owner. We hope families will embrace the changes we are making in the “Seeds” program this year that creates a lasting memorial tribute and supports our environment with this new special wildflower garden.”