National spotlight shines on Dell Rapids healing garden

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. 0 (KSFY) - Two local women are gaining attention from one writer for their healing garden.

They created the Mother's Healing Garden in the Dell Rapids cemetery after they both lost a son.

They built a labyrinth in the garden and have worked on it for the last four years.

"In 1999, I lost my son, Jeremy to suicide. Six years later, Jeannie Ammon lost her son, Wyait and I had an inspiration that we should do a project together to help work through our grief," said Carol Baum, Co-Creater of the Mother's Healing Garden.

One author featured the garden in her book, called "Labyrinth Journeys: 50 states, 51 stories."

"The fact that they wanted to have their story as part of my journey allows their story to be magnified. I felt like it was a responsibility on my part to write it," explained Twyila Alexander, author of "Labyrinth Journeys: 50 states, 51 stories."

The 51st story in Alexander's book is her own story.

On Saturday, a women's retreat is being held at the Mother's Healing Garden at the cemetery in Dell Rapids from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Later in the day, a book talk and signing held by Alexander will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the coffee shop in Dell Rapids at the LaDelle and Fourth Coffee House.