The holidays are supposed to be a cheerful time, but for some it can be difficult especially if a loved one is no longer here.
That’s why one local business is making sure that the community has a place to have a moment in time to dedicate Christmas ornaments in remembrance of that special someone.
“It’s a good memory. It’s about a good memory.”
That’s the idea Mary Haverty is trying to create introducing a memory tree for the holidays.
“It’s a difficult time for everybody and we want to remember that even though you’ve lost a loved one they’re not very far away. As long as they are in your thoughts they’re just a memory away that’s all,” Haverty said.
Making an ornament doesn’t just have to be in remembrance of a person.
“We had a small child that wanted to do one for his dog and when it came time to put it on the tree that little boy really couldn’t part with that ornament so he ended up taking his ornament home which was absolutely fine. If you really want to take it home, that’s ok you can take it home,” she revealed.
Haverty notices that the memory tree also serves as therapy.
“Again it’s a great project for a family to remember someone that you’ve lost; bring everyone in and sit and talk about your loved one while you’re making your ornaments and have a little bit of laughter while you’re doing it and just memorialize them,’ she explained.
The Beegle family was some of the first participants this week.
“I made it for great grandma in heaven. My name is Carly Beegle and I made mine for my baby brother in heaven. My name is Madison and I made mine for a different great grandma in heaven,” the trio said.
Crow Memorials is open Monday through Friday for anyone who would like to come in and make an ornament for the holidays. Haverty plans on saving all of the ornaments so that residents can see their loved ones placed on the tree each year.
She hopes to have the entire building filled with memory trees next year.