Families decorate trees in Garden of Angels for loved ones this holiday

Families decorate trees in Garden of Angels for loved ones this holiday
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Garden of Angels in Portage is helping people find happiness within their grief of spending the holidays without loved ones by decorating Christmas trees.

“It’s just a good way to put her memory into Christmas for us and to think about family at kind of a difficult time for her not being here,” Katie Mueller said.

Mueller and her family brought decorations to the garden to decorate a tree for her daughter, who died at 11 months old.

“Christmas is a really hard time of the year, and when you’ve lost somebody, it’s just not right in your home,” founder Joanne Alt said.

Alt opened Garden of Angels four years ago after she lost her husband to death by suicide. The garden is meant to be a place where people can come to be with their feelings, something even she needs.

“I didn’t really know how I was going to make it through this day,” Alt said. “Through the gift of the garden, people came out here and gave me love today. You know, it’s full circles of love.”

Alt said the love and happiness that people find in the garden can heal a heart.

“People make a difference,” Alt said. “This holiday season, reach out to people that have lost someone. It’s so important because there are a lot of hurting people out there in the world right now, and we all have a story.”

Garden of Angels is open all year to those needing to find healing.

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