When the door card is placed on a hospital room door, it subtly alerts staff that a death has occurred. The picture of the leaf and teardrop serves as a visual reminder of the need for sensitivity when entering the room. The Fallen Leaf poem is printed on the back. The card measures 4 1/4 x 6 1/4.
on a sea of grief and pain,
the leaf cradles a teardrop.
Just as winter awakens to spring,
our deepest sorrow
harbors the seed of hope renewed.
- by Susan Ring
The meaning of the leaf and teardrop
The leaf and teardrop image symbolizes the love and grief that families and loved ones feel when someone dies. In grief, as in nature, there are cycles and movement. As seasons change, so do feelings. There is winter and spring, sadness and hope.