After cremation as part of the cremation services offered in Wirtz, VA, a very good way to create a lasting testimony to your loved one’s life and their impact on the world around them is to plant a tree in their memory. These are called memorial trees.
Why consider planting a memorial tree? Beyond honoring the life of your deceased loved one, planting a memorial tree has many benefits.
When a new tree is planted, it creates a new source of oxygen, which is necessary for human life, and it enriches the earth as it blends into the ecological environment around it. If you decide to plant a memorial tree in a national forest or in an area where many trees have been destroyed by a natural disaster, such as wildfires, tornados, or hurricanes, then you are actively participating in reforestation.
A memorial tree will support any local wildlife, such as providing nesting areas for birds, food for squirrels, deer, and rabbits, and shelter for any animals that may need it.
A memorial tree is a living symbol of life and hope. It provides a place for you and your family, as well as friends, to go and visit, while you remember your loved one who has died. Unlike the cut flowers that are sent to funerals, a memorial tree will not fade or die quickly. Memorial trees are likely to still be living and standing long after you and all your family have died.
To plant a memorial tree, you can either choose to plant it yourself on your own property or you can have a memorial tree planting organization do it for you. If you want to plant in forests or common areas, like parks, you’ll want to enlist the help of an organization that specializes in planting memorial trees in public places.
When looking for an organization to plant your memorial tree in a public venue, there are several things that you’ll want to make sure the organization does.
One of these things is that the organization itself plants the tree and doesn’t subcontract the job out to an individual or another organization. Another thing that you need to make sure the memorial tree planting organization does is keep records of where they plant trees (including yours).
Another thing to ensure when selecting a memorial tree planting organization is that they regularly maintain the trees they plant and ensure that the trees are healthy. Taking photos of the actual trees they plant is another must that the memorial tree planting organization you choose should do.
Finally, the memorial tree planting organization must be able to provide exact coordinates for the trees they plant, including yours, so that you, your family, and your friends can locate and visit the actual tree that was planted in memory of your loved one.
A final note about having a memorial tree planted in a national forest. Unlike having trees planted in other public spaces, you will not be able to choose an exact location where your memorial tree will be planted.
Instead, the United States National Forest Service (USNFS), which is entrusted with the well-being of America’s national forests, will know where new trees need to be planted and will decide the exact location. Since USNFS employees are experts in every aspect of forestry, they will be the ones who do the actual planting of your memorial tree.
For additional information memorial trees and cremation services in Wirtz, VA, our caring and knowledgeable staff at Lynch Conner-Bowman Funeral Home can assist you. You can visit our funeral home at 140 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount, VA, 24151, or you can call us today at (540) 483-5533.