23rd Tree of Memories ceremonies continue through December

Families, friends, gather to remember loved ones across the Cape
The Wellfleet ceremony on the lawn of Kinlin Grover Real Estate on Route 6 was held on December 11. Photo by Jane Booth.

All over the Cape, trees of memories decorated with personally inscribed scallop shells bearing the names of loved ones lost, can be seen on the lawns of banks, libraries, churches and businesses.

The 23rd Annual Trees of Memories event kicked off early this month. During the month-long event, non-denominational ceremonies continue to be held at each of the 18 tree sites.

The event is presented by Hope Hospice, a division of HopeHealth. Shells were reserved with a donation in any amount and placed on the tree of the donor's choice.

Donations support families experiencing serious illness or loss, according to a release from Hope Health.

Non-denominational ceremonies conducted by Hope Hospice chaplains and local clergy have already been held in the towns of Hyannis, Osterville, Plymouth, Pocasset, Provincetown, Wareham, Wellfleet and the city of Brockton.

Upcoming ceremonies will be held at the following locations:

  • Brewster: TD Bank, 7 Underpass Road, December 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Chatham: Eldredge Public Library, 564 Main Street, December 17 at 12 p.m.
  • Dennis: TD Bank, 700 Route 6A, December 18 at 12 p.m.
  • Falmouth: Village Green, Main Street, December 16 at 12 p.m.
  • Harwichport: TD Bank, 536 Main Street, December 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Mashpee: TD Bank, Mashpee Commons, December 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Orleans: Village Green, Main Street & Route 28, December 19 at 12 p.m.
  • Sandwich: Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, December 20 at 12 p.m.
  • South Yarmouth: Kinlin Grover Real Estate, 1123 Route 28, December 12 at 12 p.m.
  • Yarmouth Port: Bank of America & Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, 121 Route 6A,  December 20 at 3 p.m.

Hope Hospice cares for people with serious and life-limiting illness. To learn more about Hope Hospice, visit their website here.

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