“When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.”
– Prof Wangari Maathai
Planting a memorial tree to pay a tribute a deceased loved one is a brilliant and lasting gift idea as it works as a living memorial. Hence, you can gift a charming rose bush, oak tree, wild cherry tree, dogwood, Sweetgum, or some other tree to commemorate a life well lived in a fitting way that is likely to benefit everyone.
Getting a tree as a memorial gift shall also inspire courage, faith, and devotion as it denotes the continuance of life. Hence, planting a tree can contribute in the healing process. Moreover, family members and friends can visit the place every year to pay respects to the departed loved one.
Most Popular Memorial Tree Gifts
- Oak Tree: Oak is a symbol of strength and endurance. It serves as a wonderful permanent memorial because it can last for centuries. Oak is also considered sacred in some cultures.
- Rose Bush: It represents sweet memories and love.
- Japanese Red-Leaf Maple: Gifting this small landscape is a beautiful way to commemorate the life of a loved one. It is great for large deck planters and can be used in formal gardens and courtyards as well.
- Ginkgo: Ginkgo Biloba is a hardy, ornamental tree that grows almost 1-3 ft in a year. Its lush green leaves turn gold during the fall season. Being one of the oldest tree species, it symbolizes memory and long life.
- Deodara Cedar: This graceful tree is native to the Himalayas and has healing and cleansing properties.
You may take help from a local nursery or a garden professional in determining the species of trees that are best suited for your growth in your area, the most favorable time for planting a particular tree, etc., depending on the location and climate.
When sending memorial tree gift to a bereaved friend or relative, you can also include a sympathy card inscribed with a message of condolence.
You can plant a memorial gift tree in your own garden (do not plant it too close to the house, or near/under a power line as it may create trouble later), a dedicated memorial garden, or cemetery. Furthermore, you may place a nice memorial plaque near the base of the tree. Generally, only the loved one’s name is engraved on the plaque. Nevertheless, you may add his or her favorite quote, proverb, etc.
In case the deceased particularly loved nature and strived to protect the environment then consider sponsoring a tree in City Park or donating money to National Forest for the planting of trees.
Get information about planting a memorial tree in a national forest at the US Forest Service website. In addition, visit the American Forest group and Arbor Day Foundation websites to help plant trees in memory of a loved one. Furthermore, you can visit Tree Givers, Trees 2020, etc. Certain funeral homes, and casket and urn manufacturing companies, too, offer memorial tree planting programs.
Most organizations promote this unique way of remembering a loved one because planting trees is beneficial for the environment and helps slow down global warming. They may operate their own memorial woodlands or work in accordance with the national and international reforestation organizations and plant the trees on public lands.
When looking for a suitable organization to handle this work, remember that the service would cost less if you are just dedicating the planting of a tree instead of paying a company for actually planting a tree at a specific location. Thus, dedications are likely to cost around $25 or more depending on the package you choose whereas the starting price for the latter is $250.