A Celebration of One Little Boy’s Life

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A close friend gave a copy of my book, Digging Deep, to a friend of his by the name of Bar.

Within a matter of weeks, I received an e-mail from Bar thanking me and saying that as a songwriter and a songwriting teacher, she could identify with and find the truths in what I had written. Bar then proceeded to tell me that she had lost her son, Forrest, when he was just 3 years old, to a rare form of cancer: the way that she celebrates his life is by decorating his gravestone with flowers.

I could go on and on and wax poetic about how moved I am by what Bar has created and continues to create in celebrating and remembering Forrest. These photos speak for themselves. Bar did request that I offer a link to the website in which she spontaneously chronicled her and her husband’s journey with Forrest and cancer. The link is: www.barscott.com/forrest/



Because Bar is a songwriter, one might conclude that she’s a creative woman. I’d say that’s an understatement! But what struck me beyond the beauty of these living celebrations of Forrest’s life is Bar’s ability to transform what was a tragic event into something extraordinarily meaningful and alive. What better tribute could a mother give to her son, especially one as special as Forrest!

Bar recently created this picture for Forrest’s birthday. To my eyes and soul, it looks and feels magical.


If you want to learn more about Bar and her songwriting, click onto: www.Barscott.com

I know Bar would love it if you took the time to comment on these creations (as would I). With gratitude, Fran

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Layanee September 14, 2007, 11:42 am

That is a truly beautiful tribute to a life. More meaningful than a vase of flowers and each design a celebration!

Marcy September 14, 2007, 4:30 pm

Wow! I have known Bar for several years and know the love she has for Forrest. These photos have always tugged at my heart with their beauty and depth of feeling but they are even more powerful with your words. Beautiful! Thank you.

colleen geraghty September 15, 2007, 10:42 pm

Dear Bar,

As a gardener and as someone who has felt the sting of grief in my own life, I appreicate the beauty and the tribute to Forrest. I think of you and your family often and I was so grateful to receive this note just now and to see your beautiful tribute.

with love and appreciation,

Sue Taylor September 22, 2007, 8:54 am

Dear Bar,

How touching I find your loving and gorgeous tributes to sweet Forrest. What a special gift of yourself they are. Thank you to you and Fran for sharing them with your old friends!

Hugs to you,

Brad October 31, 2007, 6:48 am

It is not growing like a tree
in bulk, doth make a man better be,
or standing long an oak 300 year,
to fall a log at last dry bald and sere;
A lily of a day is fairer far in May
although it fall and die that night;
it was the plant and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see
and in short measures life may perfect be.

Ben Jonson

I can only imagine your loss. What a beautiful way to give thanks in the midst of tragedy.

Thanks for inspiring,


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