Memory Tree Event

Each year, on the first Sunday in December, grieving families join together to remember their children. The Memory Tree offers an afternoon to honour our children during the holidays, by gathering for a tree decorating and candle lighting followed by a time to share over refreshments. 

Memory Tree 2018 Photo by  i.L.i.t Photography

Memory Tree 2018 Photo by i.L.i.t Photography

The reality is that we don’t forget, move on, and have closure, but rather we honor, we remember, and incorporate our deceased children and siblings into our lives in a new way. In fact, keeping memories of your loved one alive in your mind and heart is an important part of your healing journey.
— Harriet Schiff, author of The Bereaved Parent

What to expect

Following a brief introduction and sharing of stories, families are encouraged to add a Christmas decoration to our tree. Candle lighting and reflection upon the meaning behind the tree and the candles wraps up the event. Alberta Children's Hospital graciously provides volunteers and crafts for the younger children to enjoy during the formal portion of the afternoon. 

Post event, the Memory Tree is moved to the second floor of Alberta Children's Hospital where other families, friends, and hospital employees can see it and add ornaments to it if they so choose. The Tree remains lit throughout the Holiday Season and is taken down the first week of January. 

Some of the previous year's ornaments are placed on the tree during the event, but the rest are stored by our leaders as we don't have room on the tree for all of them. If you wish to collect your ornament, and you didn't have a chance to do so before the Tree was taken down, please contact us by using our contact form. 

2019 Event Details

Sunday, December 1, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Fourth Floor, Conference Rooms

Please bring an unbreakable ornament to place on the tree.

All family members are welcome. Please feel free to bring siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles or close friends.

Refreshments will be served.

Crafts, led by volunteers, will be available for the children.

Feel free to download and share the event invitation PDF.

Photo by   Marta Dzedyshko   from   Pexels

Thank you to our sponsors

This event is possible thanks to generous support of Alberta Children's Hospital and members of our community: 

Future Sponsors

If you wish to contribute to this event by volunteering or assisting with refreshments, please contact us.  Or consider making a donation.

Donate to Memory Tree

Your donation will support grieving families by giving them a safe, communal place to remember the holidays and their children.