"When a friend or loved-one dies, they often request 'no flowers' and instead ask for donations towards some charitable cause. Many of us would want to have some other small and more lasting reminder of them during the years ahead and as in life and death, both passages can be celebrated simultaneously.
Given the rapid deforestation of the rain forest and the negative impact that cutting down so many of our trees has upon the planet, why not plant a tree of remembrance instead? How more fitting could it possibly be for both departed and bereaved during the century ahead, than to have an orchard of 'family-tree-faces' to refer to. Do this and the bereaved person could look upon this unique gift to nature in the certain knowledge that the death of their loved-one is still contributing to the world they loved and left. Not only would they no longer take oxygen from the atmosphere of this life, but through their tree of remembrance they would eventually 'put back into the atmosphere' all of the oxygen that they had taken from it when they lived. What a wonderful way to give something back to the earth that sustained you in life for so many years." William Forde : August 23rd, 2013.