No grief if greater than a mother loosing a child. This is very true for the Mayher family.
Kailee Mayher was 16 years old when tragedy hit. A fatal car accident left 5 passengers in the car safe and one dead. The grief that this mother felt could never be described. We are not only monument designers, we are also grief counselors. These are the families that we hold dear in our hearts.
The story of this monument began when the mother came to us to design a memorial to be placed at the accident scene. This was in a residential area and the family was given permission from the home owners association. Once we came up with a small design the grief stricken mother presented the design to the HOA. After a year of hitting road blocks she finally gave up.
Creating a monument for a cemetery was also out of the question, as she was entombed in a cemetery mausoleum.
So thinking in a different way, we asked the cemetery for permission to put a memorial outside of the mausoleum in which she was entombed. After a lengthy discussion the family was given permission only if it was a memorial that could also be a piece of art.
The original design which was only 3′-0″ was recreated to a design that stands 5′-6” tall. The elongated heart shape represented Kailee’s tall slender figure. The Jet black granite was selected for her jet black hair. The embracing etched angel wing envelops the heart shape, like the mother’s love for her daughter. The heavy cut heart shape symbolizes the deep love of mother and daughter. The verse ” too beautiful for earth” are the words that the mother often said in her moments of sorrow.
The back of the monument has the poem by e.e. cummings. “I carry your heart with me. I carry it in
my heart. I am never without it. Anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing. I fear no fate for you are my fate. I want no world for you are my world. Here is the deepest secret nobody knows,
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than
soul can hope or mind can hide. It is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.
I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart
A mother’s grief never goes away, but this mother truly found peace once this magnificent tribute was complete. It is a place she can visit and have beautiful memories of her beautiful daughter.