NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - NJ Sharing Network recently unveiled its Landscape of Life Meditation Garden, a landscaped area behind the organization’s headquarters which will serve as a quiet place for both families of organ and tissue donors and the organization’s employees.
This garden was created to honor those who gave, pay tribute to those who received, offer hope to those who continue to wait and remember the lives lost while waiting for the gift of life.
This sanctuary offers many ways to honor, to remember and to give hope:
- Gather with loved ones for opportunities to reflect.
- Spend a moment alone while surrounded by nature.
- Meditate to the soothing sounds of running water.
- Dedicate a stone in memory or honor of a loved one to be placed within the garden.
The 8,200-square-foot perennial garden is a project of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, was designed by Muzi Li, a landscape architecture student at Rutgers University and built by Landscape Techniques, Inc. of Nutley. Groundbreaking on the project took place December 2015.
In addition to serving as a peaceful place for thought and remembrance, the meditation garden will also recognize the people who have made monetary contributions to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation. For example, some of the funds used to create the garden were from the NJ Sharing Network’s Employee Giving Campaign. The staff raises philanthropic dollars for this annual campaign to support the NJ Sharing Network Foundation’s mission to provide education, research, public awareness and donor family support.
About NJ Sharing Network
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors. NJ Sharing Network honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait, and remembers the lives lost while waiting for the gift of life.