East Nashville homeowner debuts ‘wind telephone’

A private opportunity to grieve over lost loved ones

A wooden phone booth stands in an East Nashville front yard, accompanied by a Little Free Library box.

Guests can browse the Little Free Library box next to the wind telephone.

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Have you caught wind of this? If you’ve found yourself wishing you had one more opportunity to speak to a late family member or friend, one East Nashville homeowner is posing a solution — symbolically speaking, of course.

This past weekend, Allison Young installed a “wind telephone” in her front yard (1425 Rosebank Ave.) for the Middle Tennessee community. The booth is modeled after a practice that’s been in Japan for several years.

How it works

The wooden telephone booth, designed with help from Young’s father in memory of her grandparents, allows visitors to hold a one-way conversation with the dead via a disconnected rotary phone. It’s an avenue meant to help grieve and process death with the idea that “messages are delivered on the wind.”

Need to know

Visitors are welcome to park in Young’s driveway and use the phone for as long and as many times as needed. A Little Free Library box to the right of the booth contains grief and bereavement books, as well as information about grief support groups from Alive Hospice. Anyone who is interested in supporting the project is encouraged to donate tissues and cleaning supplies. An Amazon wish list has also been created with books about navigating death.

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