Many things happen at the sanctuary that are unexpected. Recently one of our volunteers discovered a hen Sparkles who had passed in the aviary during her session. We all got together for a small funeral for Sparkles by the garden.
Prayers were offered to honor the life of this being. Gratitude was paid for the opportunity we were able to provide for her to live a life of dignity, and our shared time together.
This was an incredible moment of life lesson on death and the cycle of life for the kids who were there that day. Death is not scary and not to be feared. It is a natural process of life. Death offers renewal and rebirth. What a wonderful moment of social emotional learning that is so hard to get inside of classrooms!