There are lots of ways to remember a loved one, whether that be a traditional grave headstone, spreading their ashes somewhere meaningful, or planting a memory tree. A memory tree is any tree planted in memory of someone and are a poignant tribute to a lost loved one.
There are a few different options to consider when choosing where to plant a memory tree, and it is important to think about choosing somewhere where your whole family can visit. It’s also helpful to consider the types of trees that will thrive in that location, so everyone who wishes to can enjoy the memory tree for years to come.
We have collated some of the options available for memory trees below, so you can find a solution that feels right for your loved one.
Memory Trees at Home
You may wish to purchase a sapling from a local garden centre and plant this in your own garden. Having the tree in your own garden means you have the memorial to your loved one close by for when you want to remember them.
You could place the tree somewhere visible from inside your house, as it may provide comfort to see it regularly. Or, you may wish to tuck the tree just out of view in case it may stir up emotions to see the tree all the time. This also provides some privacy for those at the memory tree if they want to have a peaceful moment alone.
Public Memorial Trees
Many choose to plant a memory tree in a public place, which could be a park the departed enjoyed visiting, an institution which was important to them, or at a place of natural beauty.
You will of course need to contact whoever’s land you would like to plant a tree on, which may be a council, business, or national park. Many welcome memory trees as a beautiful addition, so, if it is what your loved one wanted then it is worth the effort to fulfil their wishes and provide a memorial, not only for close family and friends, but for others who enjoy those same spaces.
Memorial forests are beautiful places where families can choose to dedicate an existing tree, or have one planted, in memory of a loved one. Spread across the country, you can find a memorial forest local to you which will be accessible to anyone who wishes to pay their respects.
Dedications can also include plaques or benches depending on the individual memorial forest.
To find a memorial forest near to you, take a look at Life for a Life.
If you have family and friends around the globe, you can dedicate a real-life tree and have a digital memorial linked to it and accessible from anywhere through Memory Trees.
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