Tree of Memories
We invite you to watch our 24th Tree of Memories Community Candlelight Memorial Service to remember and honour your loved one this Christmas season. Traditionally each year close to 600 people in our community come together to honour our loved ones who are no longer with us to celebrate the holidays, however due to the pandemic we were not able to safely gather as we have done in the past. We do recognize and value the importance and the need in our community to have a special service of reflection, and so we held a smaller service, to be viewed remotely, in hopes of offering words of comfort to those grieving this holiday season.
We are grateful for all of those who participated in this special evening. A very sincere thank you to Rev. Milo Spooner Craig, and Rev. Doug Craig for their heartfelt words of comfort and hope, to Ann Germani for sharing her amazing gift with us so generously, and to our beautiful soloist, Katherine MacFarlane, who's gift of song is so warm and comforting.
Special thanks to Vern Riddle for assisting us with the recording and all of the audio and visual requirements needed to offer the service to those watching from home. A special thank you to Scott Beswitherick for assisting us with the lighting and to Brittany MacLellan and Holden Lumbard for filming the service.
For those who have ordered a Memorial Ornament, you are welcome to pick them up from our office at 332-8th Street.
We sincerely thank you for joining us and we wish you a peaceful Christmas, surrounded and comforted by those most important in your life.
There is often pressure on grieving individuals (either internally, or from others) to put aside their sadness and hurt and be full of joy and thanksgiving. However, memories of their loved one resurface during events where their loved one would have been. It is our hope this article written by leading grief psychologist, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, will help you understand how to help yourself heal during the holiday season, or how to support someone you know who is grieving over the holidays.
“Holidays are time spent with loved ones” was imprinted on our psyche from a young age. They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. But since holidays are for being with those we love the most, how on earth can anyone be expected to cope with them when a loved one has died? For many people, this is the hardest part of grieving, when we miss our loved ones even more than usual. The need for support may be the greatest during the holidays. There are a number of ways to incorporate your loved one and your loss into the holidays. It is our hope this video will give you guidance as you face the holidays without your loved one.