Tree of Memories

The 26th Annual Tree of Memories

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

How did it work?
In early December, orders were placed for shells, they were inscribed and hung on the trees in the town of your choosing. Between December 9 and December 21, 2016, Hope Hospice chaplains hosted remembrance ceremonies at the locations listed where loved one’s name were read aloud and blessings and inspirational words were shared. Family and friends were 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-six 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 our important 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 helped 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.

Learn more by calling (508) 957-0254 or



2016 ceremonies took place on the following dates and times:

Jonathan Bourne Library
19 Sandwich Rd
Tues, December 13, 2:00 p.m.

TD Bank, 7 Underpass Rd
Tues, December 20, 2:00 p.m.

Ocker’s Company 
830 West Chestnut Street
Fri, December 9, 12:00 p.m.
Eldredge Public Library
564 Main St
Fri, December 16, 12:00 p.m.
Dennis Memorial Library
1020 Old Bass River Rd
Mon, December 19, 12:00 p.m.
Village Green, Main St
Falmouth Village
Thur, December 15, 12:00 p.m.
TD Bank, 536 Main St
Fri, December 16, 2:00 p.m.
Main Street, Village Green
Corner of South and Main
Wed, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
Hope Hospice
107 Beach Rd, Ste 104
Vineyard Haven
Thur, December 15, 10:00 a.m.
Mashpee Commons
Fountain Square, Corner of
Market and Fountain St
Thur, December 15, 2:00 p.m.
Village Green 
Main St and Route 28
Tues, December 20, 12:00 p.m.
Armstrong-Kelley Park
680 Main St
Wed, December 14, 12:00 p.m.
Brewster Gardens, 30 Water St
Fri, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
Unitarian-Universalist Church
236 Commercial St
Mon, December 12, 12:00 p.m.
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main St
Wed, December 21, 12:00 p.m.
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
1123 Route 28
Mon, December 19, 2:00 p.m.
Wareham Fire Department
273 Main Street
Tues, December 13, 12:00 p.m.
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
2548 Route 6
Mon, December 12, 2:00 p.m.
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
121 Route 6A
Wed, December 21, 3:00 p.m.

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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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