MELISSA’S MEMORIAL MONUMENT<br />
Where do I begin?<br />When trying to decide what to do for my memorial<br />monument I was somewhat at a loss in the<br /...
What is it going to be?<br />The fountain is also symbolic to<br />me because ever since I was<br />little I grewup around...
WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?<br />I would want to have<br />the moon simply<br />because of my love for<br />astrology and bec...
SYMBOLS…What would they be and why?<br />I always grew <br />up with flowers gracing<br />my entire house. I have<br />som...
Peace & Love<br />I have always been told I <br />have an old soul and that I<br />should have been<br />born in the sixti...
Sun, Stars & Moon<br />I would have the sun and the moon<br />on my monument because I love<br />astronomy. I have stars a...
Animals & The Hummingbird<br />One of my greatest passions in life other than children<br />are animals. I am an animal lo...
Music & Dance<br />Along with the other<br />symbols on my monument I<br />would have a pair of<br />ballerina shoes and a...
Nursing<br />Nursing has been one of the<br />hardest most challenging<br />things for me to arrive to and<br />accomplish...
Holding Hands<br />Among other symbols there<br />would be a symbol of hands<br />holding on my monument.<br />Not just to...
The Holy Cross & Ivy<br />I would have the holy cross with ivy<br />wrapped around it on the very top of the<br />fountain...
Italian Culture<br />I would also be sure to have the Italian flag on my<br />monument  because my culture plays a huge<br...
Important Life Messages<br />Lastly, I would have two sayings on<br />my monument and a prayer I have<br />always lived by...
Where, Who, Why?<br />Ultimately, rather than being buried in a cemetery I love the idea of being buried near a waterfall,...
The End…That’s All Folks…Thank You!!!<br />
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  1. 1. MELISSA’S MEMORIAL MONUMENT<br />
  2. 2. Where do I begin?<br />When trying to decide what to do for my memorial<br />monument I was somewhat at a loss in the<br />beginning because it was in a way scary to<br />imagine it but, when I took a step back and looked<br />at it as an artistic way of leaving a simple reminder<br />of who I am and what I want to leave behind it<br />became much easier. Doing this was in a way like<br />decorating a MySpace page. It is a way to show<br />who you are without someone ever meeting you. I<br />decided take what I learned from my time in Spring<br />Grove and apply it to my life, my personality and<br />the kind of message I would want to leave behind. I<br />decided to put my own spin on it, so that when<br />looking at it one was left with a happy feeling rather<br />than seeing it as something to mourn.<br />
  3. 3. What is it going to be?<br />The fountain is also symbolic to<br />me because ever since I was<br />little I grewup around fountains.<br />Myentire family loves fountains.<br />Wehave them everywhere in my<br />house. The sound of the trickling<br />water gives me such a tranquil<br />feeling and seeing birds and<br />other wildlife drink from the<br />fountainalways gave me such a<br />sense of pleasurebecause I am<br />such an animal lover. A fountain<br />to me gives the essence of ever<br />flowing water, although each of<br />us has a life that ends, life itself<br />is never ending. <br />I decided that the actual memorial<br />itself would be a fountain. The<br />iconography book correlates the idea<br />of a fountain to the Virgin Mary who<br />is widely regarded as the fountain<br />of living waters. Although I could<br />never see myself as being a<br />precious and as divine as the Virgin<br />Mary, being Catholic I have always<br />looked at her in statues and read<br />about her and aspired to be the kind<br />of woman she was. She always<br />given me the sense of being caring,<br />devoted, and the image of safety<br />and nurturing. <br />
  4. 4. WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?<br />I would want to have<br />the moon simply<br />because of my love for<br />astrology and because<br />the moon symbolizes<br />the idea of a guiding<br />light even in the<br />night sky. The idea of<br />playful angels gives a<br />happy, delicate feeling<br />to the monument<br />rather than a the idea<br />of sadness and<br />mourning.<br />I decided to make the<br />fountain the color blue<br />simply because<br />it is my favorite color and<br />because the color blue is<br />often associated with<br />relaxation and tranquility. I<br />would love to have it made<br />of a marble finish with a<br />silver speckled shiny<br />finish to it. On top of the<br />fountain there would be a<br />crescent shaped moon with<br />two playful angels. <br />
  5. 5. SYMBOLS…What would they be and why?<br />I always grew <br />up with flowers gracing<br />my entire house. I have<br />some “green thumbs” in<br />my family and the beauty<br />of flowers has always<br />awed me. I always have<br />flowers in my room<br />because the colors and<br />the beauty can truly<br />brighten any atmosphere.<br />My friends and family<br />refer to me as a “flower<br />child” because any<br />chance I get I have<br />flowers in my hair. <br />I would have the images<br />of colored flowers<br />around the entire base of<br />the fountain including my<br />favorite of all flowers the<br />Easter lily, which is also<br />the symbol of purity and<br />the Hibiscus which is a<br />beautiful flower of the<br />Pacific Islands which<br />blooms into one of the<br />most beautiful flowers<br />but dies quickly<br />suggesting the brevity of<br />life.<br />
  6. 6. Peace & Love<br />I have always been told I <br />have an old soul and that I<br />should have been<br />born in the sixties<br />so, I must say there<br />would be a peace<br />sign on my monument<br />somewhere. My friends and<br />family have always called<br />me a “hippie.” I am usually<br />thepeacemaker in all<br />arguments. I have<br />always hated fighting and<br />done whatever I can to<br />resolve conflict.<br />
  7. 7. Sun, Stars & Moon<br />I would have the sun and the moon<br />on my monument because I love<br />astronomy. I have stars and moons<br />all over my room and my entire life I<br />have always found great pleasure in<br />lying in the grass and star gazing for<br />hours. Our book tells us that the sun<br />and moon together are a symbol of<br />Christianitywhich are attributed to<br />the Virgin Mary. I believe they<br />symbolize the natural beauty and<br />mystery of our world representing<br />the light of our life.<br />
  8. 8. Animals & The Hummingbird<br />One of my greatest passions in life other than children<br />are animals. I am an animal lover to the extreme. I<br />have always grown up with a zoo in my house. My<br />pets are my best friends. I always feel they will<br />never let me down and they are always there when I<br />need them. I believe they are more devoted and loving<br />than most humans I know. Although I am terrified of<br />bugs, I am the kind of person that does not have the<br />heart to kill anything. I have a tattoo of a hummingbird<br />because to me a hummingbird is rare, beautiful and<br />unique. It also gives me the idea of flying which has<br />always been something I wished I could have done each<br />time I found myself in a hard time in life. I would certainly<br />have a hummingbird on my monument to symbolize the<br />importance of what it means to me as well as<br />showing a piece of my love for animals since I<br />would be unable to put all animals on my<br />monument. <br />
  9. 9. Music & Dance<br />Along with the other<br />symbols on my monument I<br />would have a pair of<br />ballerina shoes and a set of<br />music notes. I have danced<br />since I was little and began<br />playing the violin in fourth<br />grade. Music is one of my<br />greatest passions and is not<br />only a big part of my life but, a<br />very big part of who I am.<br />
  10. 10. Nursing<br />Nursing has been one of the<br />hardest most challenging<br />things for me to arrive to and<br />accomplish. Although I still<br />have not reached my RN, there<br />would be a symbol of it on my<br />monument. It is such a huge<br />part of my life and who I am. I<br />have always known I wanted to<br />be a nurse because all I ever<br />wanted was to help others.<br />
  11. 11. Holding Hands<br />Among other symbols there<br />would be a symbol of hands<br />holding on my monument.<br />Not just to symbolize my<br />boyfriend and I but, all my<br />relationships in life because<br />without all the people I have<br />had to hold my hand<br />through hard times, I would<br />never be who I am today.<br />
  12. 12. The Holy Cross & Ivy<br />I would have the holy cross with ivy<br />wrapped around it on the very top of the<br />fountain to not only show my faith but,<br />to show that no matter where you are in<br />life and no matter how religious you are<br />you always have to believe in something<br />higher and more powerful than you or<br />else you will be lost in life without<br />guidance and you will be tempted to feel<br />better than those around you. The ivy<br />would be there to symbolize fidelity,<br />support, friendship, undying affection,<br />and the trinity. This connects to me and<br />reminds me of all the tough times in life where<br />I felt as if I walked alone, yet God carried me<br />much like in the Footprints prayer.<br />
  13. 13. Italian Culture<br />I would also be sure to have the Italian flag on my<br />monument because my culture plays a huge<br />part of who I am. I love cooking so I would have<br />something depicting my love of cooking. This is a<br />very important family tradition taught from woman to<br />woman in my family. I love traveling to Italy to be<br />with my family and take in everything the culture has<br />to offer so the idea of travel would be represented<br />somehow. Around the base of themonument I<br />would have pictures of me in different parts of my<br />life with those I love starting from birth to special<br />occasions to the older age. This is something they<br />do in Italy where you are left with an image of the<br />person who lies there rather than just a name. This<br />makes the monument much easier for<br />others to connect to.<br />
  14. 14. Important Life Messages<br />Lastly, I would have two sayings on<br />my monument and a prayer I have<br />always lived by. These sayings and<br />prayers have been with me the<br />past five years of my life. Although<br />that does not seem like a big chunk<br />of time thus far, they have<br />made a huge impact on my life.<br />These messages are not only a<br />constant reminder to keep working<br />hard but, they are what I live by<br />today. I would having something<br />simple like my name, date of birth<br />and day of passing and then<br />something like “still dancing…” on<br />my monument. I feel this leaves<br />the essence behind that even in<br />passing I am happy even in the<br />after-life and that the soul of that<br />who has passed on still remains the<br />same.<br />“Life is a mystery to be<br />lived, not a problem to<br />Besolved” -Albert Einstein<br />“Live to the fullest, Laugh<br />at all the things that don’t<br />matter, and Love with all<br />that you haveand more”<br />
  15. 15. Where, Who, Why?<br />Ultimately, rather than being buried in a cemetery I love the idea of being buried near a waterfall, as near to nature and as far away from the craziness of life as possible. I would want it to be a place where people can come to relax and reminisce without the industrialization of society’s impact . It makes me think that one could return to the earth in the simplest way possible.<br />Although, my monument may sound extravagant I would not want it to appear<br />that way. I would not want it to be huge, and on top of a mountain somewhere<br />because I do not feel I am any more important than anyone else. I would want<br />to be buried around my family and friends to keep the idea in mind that we will<br />always be close even in the after-life. I would like to be around nature, a<br />beautiful tree or garden and be as simple as the person I am but, truly show<br />the beauty of what I had in my life and offer others to find that same beauty that<br />I was able to have. I would want it to offer peace and hope to others and leave<br />a positive message behind that others can take away with them as I have had<br />the experience to do during my time at Spring Grove.<br />
  16. 16. The End…That’s All Folks…Thank You!!!<br />

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