Tree of Memories

The 27th Annual Tree of Memories

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The twenty-seventh annual Tree of Memories remembrance ceremonies were held at twenty locations from Brockton to Provincetown to Martha’s Vineyard where trees are adorned with lights and inscribed scallop shell ornaments.

How does it work?
In early December, orders are placed for shells; they are inscribed and hung on trees in the town of your choosing. Between December 8 and December 21, 2017, Hope Hospice chaplains host remembrance ceremonies at the locations listed where a loved one’s name is read aloud and blessings and inspirational words are shared. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. All proceeds help support Hope Hospice and its mission to provide services that enhance the comfort and quality of life for people experiencing the impact of serious illness and loss.

The history of Tree of Memories
Tree of Memories began twenty-seven years ago with a simple idea to celebrate the memory of loved ones while supporting the worthy cause of hospice. The first trees were small, with only a few shells, but the impact was significant and heartfelt. The visual beauty of shells against evergreen, the spirit of the holiday season and the strength of gathering in remembrance as a group has transformed this once simple idea into a long-lasting treasured tradition. Today, we proudly hold tree ceremonies in twenty communities throughout Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.

Tree of Memories is an impactful way to honor or memorialize your loved one while helping to support the important work of hospice care. For more information, call (508) 957-0254. 

Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this special event possible by drilling, inscribing and delivering the shells, assisting at the ceremonies, and to the many volunteers who help set up and dismantle the trees.

Thank you to Eldredge & Bourne Moving & Storage of Hyannis for installing our trees. Thank you to Botello Lumber for donating the trees, and the many community organizations, towns and local businesses who host our trees on their properties.

Thanks to our media sponsors, Cape Cod Times and Lighthouse Media.

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One observer’s experience

“I watched a man look over the shells hanging on our Falmouth Tree of Memories during the remembrance ceremony. When I asked him if I could help him find a shell, he stopped and told me why this event was so important to him. He had been in attendance each year since the very first ceremony twenty-five years ago. Every year he hangs a shell in remembrance of his son’s friend who passed away from cancer. This father attended the tree ceremony every year to hear this boy’s name read aloud. Each inscribed shell is a life remembered. I know I felt something special, spiritual and overwhelmingly warm at each tree location, and now I better understood why. The spiritual energy and expression of love glimmers around all who attend a ceremony. His story touched me, and it’s just one of many.”

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