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