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  • Writer's pictureKevin Lester

Honoring Loved Ones with Memorial Trees

Updated: 4 days ago

At our home, we believe in the power of nature to heal and remember. We have had the privilege of planting memorial trees that symbolize the lives of those dear to us. Each tree embodies a story, a cherished memory, and a lasting tribute to the joy our loved ones brought into our lives.

Tree Planting

One of these special plantings was a Kwanzan Cherry tree, lovingly placed in our garden for our beloved dog, Chance, who recently crossed the rainbow bridge. As we carefully dug the soil and nurtured the roots, we reminisced about the happy moments shared with Chance. The tree now stands as a blossoming reminder of the unconditional love and happiness he brought into our lives.

Why choose trees to honor loved ones? Trees, with their enduring presence and growth, symbolize life, strength, and resilience. They continue to flourish and bloom, much like the memories we hold dear. Whether it's a pet like Chance or someone who shaped our world, planting a tree is a beautiful way to create a living tribute.

Tree Planting

For Brian Keiner, one of our ISA Certified Arborists, the choice of a Beech held a deeper significance. This tree reminded Brian of his father's love for nature; a Beech had stood tall near his father's home. We felt privileged to plant a Beech at Arlington Memorial Gardens, near Brian's father's resting place. This act not only honored his father's memory but also connected us to the beauty of nature that his father cherished.

Memorial Tree

Another poignant planting was a Sycamore Moon tree dedicated to a young boy whose life was tragically cut short. Unbeknownst to us, his room was adorned with space-themed decor, with a sign that read "To the moon and back." The Sycamore Moon tree, a descendant of seeds that had journeyed to the moon and back, now grows at St Mary's School in Hyde Park, Ohio, a living testament to his love for the cosmos and the enduring spirit of childhood wonder.

Moon trees, infused with the mystique of space exploration, carry with them a unique symbolism of hope and discovery. They evoke dreams and aspirations, much like the dreams we hold close to our hearts for those we cherish.

If you're considering honoring a loved one with a memorial tree, we invite you to reach out to our team at Gregory Forrest Lester, Inc. Let's determine the perfect tree that embodies the spirit and essence of your loved one—a tree that will stand as a timeless tribute, growing and blossoming through the years.

Together, let's celebrate life, love, and the enduring beauty of nature through the simple act of planting a tree—a gesture that echoes the eternal bond we share with those we hold dear.


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The Healing Trees of Ground Zero: Following the 9/11 attacks, pear trees known as the "Survivor Trees" were found and nurtured back to health. They now thrive at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, symbolizing resilience and the power of nature to overcome adversity.


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