There is a unique story behind each Wind Phone that is best told by its creator and/or steward. No one can tell it the way they can, so to that end, the format for Featured Wind Phone stories is to share the creator/steward's responses to the interview questions verbatim in their own voice. Sharing our stories helps us to connect and heal and may inspire someone else to create or visit a Wind Phone.
This week's Featured Phone is in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada; Lise Krueger shared this gorgeous Wind Phone on behalf of the Beth Donovan Hospice. The Wind Phone is placed in their gazebo, looking into a lovely forest. It is easily accessibility by their mobility-impaired clients and visitors. Thank you, Lise, for sharing the story of Beth Donovan’s Wind Phone with us.
Where is your Wind Phone located?
Beth Donovan Hospice
1107 French Settlement Road,
Kemptville, Ontario K0G1S0
What year and month did you place your Wind Phone at this location?
Why did you choose this location?
The gazebo location was selected for easy accessibility by some of our mobility-impaired clients and visitors. The wind phone overlooks the forested backyard and flowerbeds where all are welcome to use it if they feel a need to make a connection with a loved one who has passed and where they can sit quietly alone, protected from the elements, not feeling judged while listening to the wind, the rustling of the leaves, the singing of the birds, or to a message from their loved ones.
Is your Wind Phone dedicated or in memory of someone special?
It is not dedicated to anyone special but as a tool to help grieving individuals, or families.
I learned of the concept and the benefits of wind phones while listening to a video conference talk given by Mr. Eugene Dufour, a Bereavement Specialist from the Montreal area. When the suggestion to install a wind phone was presented to the Executive Director of the Beth Donovan Hospice, the idea received an enthusiastic response and immediate support. Sharri, also a volunteer, offered to donate her black rotary phone. Victor, our volunteer woodworker extraordinaire offered to build the shelf to hold the phone within the gazebo. The signage was made by Janet, volunteer coordinator at the hospice. The gazebo where the Wind Phone was installed is wheelchair accessible, which was a key factor in our decision on the placement of the wind phone.
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