Last night was the 18th year Brockie Donovan has held the Tree of Memories. Over 600 people came together to remember and honour their loved one. Over the years, we have heard from many people that the Christmas season begins with the Tree of Memories and we are very proud that this community service has become a Christmas tradition for many.
Christmas, being the most cherished time of the year, amplifies the grief we are experiencing. It is a time when everyone around is happy and joyous, but for many, this is far from how they are feeling. We understand that this can be a very difficult time of the year, and that is why we gather to remember and honour those no longer with us, and to celebrate the many happy holidays that we were privileged to share with them. It is our hope that the service provided some comfort and peace to ease the stress of the holiday season. Thank you to Rev. Don Sellsted, and Kim Lewarne for officiating the service. Their words brought solace to those in attendance. Special thanks to harpist, Ann Germani, soloist, our very own Jeremy Lancaster, and accompanist, Allison Isaak for sharing their gifts with us and making the evening very memorable.
Thank you to Matt Goerzen of the Brandon Sun for the use of these pictures.