It’s a simple yet profound concept; placing a rotary phone not connected to any earthly system in a peaceful place where anyone who wants to talk to someone can do so. It’s a place where grievers can say I love you, and I miss you.

To learn more about Wind Phones please visit My Wind Phone.

To learn more about Wind Phones please visit My Wind Phone.

Every so often something unbelievably simple comes along and gives you pause. I’m not sure how I first learned of Wind Phones, but the idea of making that kind of call fills me with a sense of peace. Just one more call.

The ‘Phone of the Wind’ originated in Japan by its creator Itaru Sasaki, while grieving a cousin who died of Cancer. He purchased an old-fashioned phone booth and set it up in his garden and installed an obsolete, unconnected, rotary phone Here, Itaru felt a continued connection to his cousin and found comfort and healing amid his grief. Itaru gave his phone booth a name, Kaze No Denwa (風の電話), translated as The Telephone of the Wind.

Last week I won an auction held by Ottawa’s St. Vincent de Paul Store for an old rotary phone set up on a wooden shelf (see pic above). It’s perfect for a Wind Phone so now I’m on a quest of where to put it. There’s one located in Carlton Place, a quick drive from home, and I’m thinking of checking it out next week.

My quest now is to find the perfect place for my Wind Phone; someplace private, quite, accessible, and most importantly, peaceful. A place people can feel safe to grieve and cry if they need too.