It can be quite a challenge to pick out a memorial gift that encapsulates everything that was good about someone. That is representative of all they were, basically a unique gift.
One idea that has really taken off over the last few years, is to plant a memorial tree.
Planting Memorial Tree’s is not a new tradition in America. There are trees in New York that were planted by Peter Stuvyesant, when the city was called New Amsterdam, nearly 400 years ago.
There really is nothing as symbolical as planting a tree in memory of someone. They are such majestic creations that give so much pleasure to those who see them, that last so long. Trees have always represented the connection between the seen and the unseen. It provides a feeling of connectedness. As it says in the bible “it shall be a tree of life”.
Some of their more famous memorial trees in America are located in the White House, having been planted by Presidents to honour key battles and departed loved ones. Recently 400 oak trees were planted in memory of the victims of the New York attacks. Another memorial tree that inspired the nation is the Survivor tree in Oklahoma. An elm tree that survived the outrage and became a symbol of endurance, of hope.
There are two options that you can look at when you decide to plant a memorial tree.
First off, ask yourself are you going to plant the memorial tree yourself or have it planted in an area for you.
If you are going to put a memorial tree in your garden, look at what space you have. You do not want to plant a fast growing tree in a small garden. Are there cables overhead. Apple tree’s are good in small gardens. They are also a wonderful addition to any garden.
Alternatively you can have a memorial tree planted in honour of a loved one by specialist provider on a chosen site. These gift memorial trees also come with a Certificate of Plantation, a photo of the tree and a memorial plaque for the tree.
I hope that this has given a few ideas on planting memorial gifts and that it brings solace to you, your friends and your loved ones.