FARMINGTON – As part of Franklin Memorial Hospital’s recent renovations, the Tree of Life Chapel and Quiet Room is now located in refurbished space on the first floor, offering a quiet space for patients, staff and visitors to be alone with thoughts and prayers, sit with family members and friends, or have a time of peace and quiet.

The new space features the same “Tree of Life” stained glass window that was in the former location, along with a new “Creation Triptych” fabric art created by Farmington artist Mary McFarland embellishing one wall, and below it a limestone and glass fountain designed by David Neufeld of Waterford.

“Mary and David both created extraordinary works of art that far surpassed anything I had imagined,” said the Rev. Marriott Churchill, Franklin Memorial’s chaplain. “Upon entering the chapel you view wall art which specifically speaks to the creation, a welcoming all-seasons landscape that is rich with texture and unique detailing. Then, almost like an extension below it, is the beautifully crafted fountain with water trickling over stones gathered from Maine rivers. It is a soothing environment, perfect for inspiration and healing.”

The chapel’s refurbishment was supported by contributions from the community, including the Williamson and Livermore Falls Lodges IOOF, Betty Linke, Daughters of Isabella at St. Rose of Lima Church, Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry, Rangeley Congregational Church Women’s Group, the region’s clergy, donors to the hospital’s annual appeal and donors who made gifts in memory of Alice Castonguay, Laura Freeman and Viola Thurlow.

A campaign gift from Richard and Mary Batt, in honor of their parents, supported the room’s reconstruction.


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