Tree of Memories

The 26th Annual Tree of Memories

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Please join us in honoring your loved one at the twenty-sixth annual Tree of Memories. This year remembrance ceremonies will be held at nineteen locations from Brockton to Provincetown to Martha’s Vineyard where trees will be adorned with lights and inscribed scallop shell ornaments.

How does it work?
In early December, you place an order for shells, we inscribe them, and hang them on the tree in the town of your choice. Between December 9 and December 21, 2016, Hope Hospice chaplains host remembrance ceremonies at the locations listed where your loved one’s name is read aloud and blessings and inspirational words are shared. Family and friends are encouraged to attend. The shells are yours to take from the tree anytime following the ceremony until January 2, 2017. 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.

To order your Tree of Memories shell, please choose one of the following:

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Many thanks to all the volunteers who make 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

Learn more by calling (508) 957-0254 or Giving@HopeHealthCo.org.

 

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2016 ceremonies take place on the following dates and times:

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

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

BROCKTON
Ocker’s Company 
830 West Chestnut Street
Fri, December 9, 12:00 p.m.
 
CHATHAM
Eldredge Public Library
564 Main St
Fri, December 16, 12:00 p.m.
 
DENNIS
Dennis Memorial Library
1020 Old Bass River Rd
Mon, December 19, 12:00 p.m.
 
FALMOUTH
Village Green, Main St
Falmouth Village
Thur, December 15, 12:00 p.m.
 
HARWICH PORT
TD Bank, 536 Main St
Fri, December 16, 2:00 p.m.
 
HYANNIS
Main Street, Village Green
Corner of South and Main
Wed, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
 
MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Hope Hospice
107 Beach Rd, Ste 104
Vineyard Haven
Thur, December 15, 10:00 a.m.
 
MASHPEE
Mashpee Commons
Fountain Square, Corner of
Market and Fountain St
Thur, December 15, 2:00 p.m.
 
ORLEANS
Village Green 
Main St and Route 28
Tues, December 20, 12:00 p.m.
 
OSTERVILLE
Armstrong-Kelley Park
680 Main St
Wed, December 14, 12:00 p.m.
 
PLYMOUTH
Brewster Gardens, 30 Water St
Fri, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
 
PROVINCETOWN
Unitarian-Universalist Church
236 Commercial St
Mon, December 12, 12:00 p.m.
 
SANDWICH
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main St
Wed, December 21, 12:00 p.m.
 
SOUTH YARMOUTH
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
1123 Route 28
Mon, December 19, 2:00 p.m.
 
WAREHAM
Wareham Fire Department
273 Main Street
Tues, December 13, 12:00 p.m.
 
WELLFLEET
Kinlin Grover Real Estate
2548 Route 6
Mon, December 12, 2:00 p.m.
 
YARMOUTH PORT
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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