- Whether to say goodbye, feel a sense of connection or to commemorate a lost loved one, a green, rotary telephone is available alongside the Lakeside Trail on Hines Drive —
CANTON, Mich. (April 20, 2022) — The Telephone Of The Wind is a vintage, green rotary phone mounted on a tree along the Lakeside Trail on Hines Drive. Its purpose is to help ease grief by placing a call to a lost loved one.
According to the American Psychological Association, research shows that most people can recover from loss on their own through the passage of time if they have social support and healthy habits.
Local resident Brandi Kloostra coped with the 2019 loss of her father, Alexander Parenti, Jr., by dedicating extra free time during the pandemic outside with her family. Together, they created feel-good projects including The Telephone Of The Wind, which helped Kloostra’s healing and offers that gift to others battling isolation, grief and loss.
“My Dad loved to talk and he always had an opinion, so I’ve dedicated this “Telephone Of The Wind” to him. The majority of the population has suffered so significantly over the past few years, whether it be a person, a job, or a sense of normalcy. We all deal with grief differently and I’ve seen that believing in the unseen can bring peace,” Kloostra said.
On January 18, 2022, fellow resident Christopher Badynee discovered The Telephone Of The Wind on his daily walk, which he recorded on his smartphone and can be viewed on Instagram. During his stroll, Badynee discovered The Telephone Of The Wind placed along the trail by the Kloostra family.
After reading the sign, Badynee became emotional and picked up the green, rotary telephone to dial his late daughter’s old number.
“Oh Shae, I love you so much. We miss you. It’s impossible to say goodbye forever so I’m not going to do it,” said Badynee.
After the experience, Badynee said something told him to go off the trail that day and his walk led him to that telephone.
“There was a bench there, so I sat and wept for a bit, stretched a great big stretch and said thank you out loud,” Badynee said.
On April 27, 2022, Kloostra and her family will commemorate the third anniversary of Alexander Parenti, Jr.’s passing with a memorial, which will include a walk along the Lakeview Trail in Hines Park. Kloostra is looking forward to dialing her dad’s old number on The Telephone of The Wind to talk about life and share a few stories since they last spoke.
To visit The Telephone of The Wind in Plymouth-Canton, visit Hines Park and use the GPS coordinates to locate the area along the Lakeview trail. To learn how to set up The Telephone of The Wind in another community, contact email@example.com.
About The Telephone Of The Wind.In honor of her late father, local resident Brandi Kloostra created The Telephone of The Wind for everyone who has lost a loved one in Plymouth-Canton, Mich. and surrounding communities. Kloostra was inspired by The Wind Phone® in Japan. She knew her family and many others would benefit if she replicated this healing experience locally. It’s an outlet for those who have a message they wish to share with their lost friends and family. The Telephone Of The Wind is located along the Lakeview Trail in Hines Park NW, Plymouth, MI. You’re invited to visit the phone, share memories and say the goodbyes you never got to say. You can follow heartwarming visits on Instagram and Facebook or searching #TelephoneOfTheWind.