There is often no greater pain in someone’s life than when they lose a loved one. Although we know we are all on this earth for a limited amount of time, when we experience a death close to us, it is particularly hard to overcome. Though nothing can replace the role that close friends and family play in your life, there are some truly meaningful actions you can take that will ease the pain and memorialize all of the good things that came from the person’s time here on Earth.
We all mourn differently, and what is a comfort to some may not comfort all. But there is a way you can memorialize your loved one in a truly meaningful, special way that will serve many different purposes. Planting a memorial tree as a representative of someone’s life can be extremely profound–the significance of a person’s life has parallels to the symbolism a memorial tree can provide, and you can be sure that even though that person may be gone, the mark they left on the world will not soon be forgotten.
A memorial tree serves as a beautiful physical reminder of a life well lived. Rather than a plaque or headstone, which may only be significant to those who knew the person, planting a tree is a gesture that will provide beauty to every passerby, touching a variety of lives in a way that the memorialized individual might have. In a world growing increasingly developed, gray, and industrial, planting a tree is the perfect way to bring a little bit of the beauty of nature back into the world.
Trees, despite being common sights to see just about everywhere you go, are some of the most important things on our planet. They act as atmospheric filters, working overtime to reverse humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels. They serve as vital habitats for animals big and small, and without them, our planet’s ecosystems would look a whole lot different. Their roots literally hold the terrain together, shaping the way the Earth is shaped. The powerful metaphor between the existence of a tree and the existence of someone special in your life is undeniable. By using such a vital cog in the machinery of Mother Nature, you are truly placing a value on the life of your loved one that is perhaps unmatched by anything else out there.
Planting a memorial tree doesn’t necessarily require access to a popular park, an expensive sapling, or a large monetary sacrifice. A memorial tree can be whatever you want it to be, and it means just as much if it’s planted in your backyard as it does if it’s planted in Central Park. A common maple tree, planted with love, can mean just as much as an expensive, rare, exotic tree. What makes a memorial truly special is the way it reflects the beauty of human life in a way only a natural memorial can.
Death is a part of life, and most of us will have to go through the process of grief. Fortunately, there are ways we can memorialize those we’ve lost that can symbolize the value and beauty of our close relationships, and these memorials are constant reminders about how special life is. Planting a memorial tree is a truly special gesture that will bring you solace and profound satisfaction for years in the future.