Together to Remember is an annual event, bringing people together to remember their missing loved ones at our Memory tree.
“As the tree grows and reaches the heavens it reflects our determination to continue our work and search for answers. And as the seasons come and go, and the leaves fall and the new shoots regrow, so does our desire to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.”
We get together to remember and share thoughts and messages of love and hope from families to their missing loved ones. It is moment of solidarity for our whole community.
Our tree, a beautiful Field Maple was gifted to us and planted by Richmond Council in Palewall Park, in 2013. We planted messages of love in a box among the tree’s roots from familes, as a gesture. The tree now stands tall and unwavering, growing each year with more messages and memories.
During the Together to Remember event each year in the Autumn, we symbolically tie new messages from families. Some messages will be from families who have spent another year remembering their loved ones and others who are joining us new to the community, waiting for news.
This event is usually a physical event which people are welcome to attend when we are not within Covid-19 restrictions. We do live stream and record the event for everyone wanting to join us from home.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Author- Emily Dickinson
“Many of us do not have any marker to visit. Many of us don’t even know if our loved one is passed away or still out there somewhere.. For those of us who who live in far flung places, unable to physically be there, the online live coverage was a wonderful way to ensure we were able to feel a part of it.”