Watching the plant grow and flourish has helped Wendy remain close to her mother spiritually as she moves on without her physically in her life.
"I love my idea, especially being able to have part of mum always with me and my family," she said.
But it doesn't end there. Wendy has plans for the special pot-plant, which she has shared with husband Andrew and their family.
"I made sure to buy a big pot, so the plan is my ashes can also be placed in the pot," she said.
"It is in my will for the pot to be passed onto another family member when I die. The plan is for mum 'n me to always be with our family rather than in a cemetery where none visit."
The memorial rose garden is a beautiful way to honour Wendy's much-loved mum, keeping her close but also within nature. It is a living, breathing memorial that will continue to bloom every year, and will always be with family.
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How people say goodbye is a very personal thing. This blog is by an experienced, professional civil celebrant who provides bespoke (custom-designed) ceremonies for people pre-planning their farewell, or for family members organising a goodbye for someone who has passed.