Note: This is the third post in 5QS, our series of interviews with Forest Park Forever staff. Today, we check in with Julie McCausland-Richey, who — side note — gave birth to a healthy baby boy this past weekend. Congrats, McCausland-Richeys!
1. How do you describe your role here at Forest Park Forever to people you meet?
I am the Membership & Tribute Manager, which involves overseeing our Membership Program — including mailings, strategy and events — and all aspects of our Tribute Program. For tributes and memorials, I work with individuals beginning with the acknowledgement process and going all the way to bench or brick installation or tree selection.
2. What is the most rewarding part of overseeing the Park's Memorials and Tributes Program?
Being able to see someone smile as they enjoy the Park or helping them find some peace in their grieving process.
3. What has been one of the most touching tributes you've seen in the Park?
I don’t even know where to start! In the year and a half that I’ve been at FPF, I have been allowed to be a part of so many wonderful tributes … some happy, some sad. Personally, the most touching one was our amazing staff dedicating a tree in memory of my brother. They picked such a beautiful location and the perfect tree. It has been so comforting for me and my family knowing that we have a special place to visit and remember my brother.
4. Why do you think tributes and memorials strike a chord with donors?
I think sometimes this is the perfect gift for that person who is difficult to shop for or just doesn’t need anything. Giving them a tribute through Forest Park Forever is a way to commemorate a special day, a special moment or just a special person. Memorials are equally an appropriate gift for a loved one who has passed on. It’s a way to remember them always and have their legacy continue to live on.
5. Do you have a personal favorite spot in Forest Park?
It’s hard to pick, but one that I have always loved is the Deer Lake area. It’s quiet, has lovely shade and the lake is just gorgeous.