Trees are not just plants in nature but have many functions and are symbols of the family of the human race.
It is a shelter against the scorching sun, a haven for birds, a favourite playground for kids and monkeys, a lookout point for wild cat species and rapture birds, a home to numerous ants, reptiles and squirrels.
A tree can also provide fruit for sustaining man and animal, filtering the air that we breathe and provides material for furniture, matches, charcoal and being used by an artist for sculptures. Many an artist captures the peaceful images of trees on their canvasses.
From its roots to the branches and the leaves a tree is a symbol of a family. As with members of a family the tree’s branches expand, some break under the strain of strong winds or the playful weight of children and animals.
As family members die, the leaves of a tree also die and as new babies are born, so new leaves also sprout but the tree is standing tall with its roots deeply grounded.
“I am a Tree Hugger” says Annette Reed, general manager of Centurion Hospice, “and the Tree of Remembrance at Centurion Hospice hugs me back. It serve to remind us of our links with and memories of those that we love.”
The Tree of Remembrance painted on the wall of the Centurion Hospice is a symbol of a deep-rooted family that has stood through the times of sadness of losing their loved ones.
The silver leaves placed on the Tree of Remembrance are tributes by the family members to those who have lost their lives due to illnesses bravely borne
Like the whisper of the wind rustling the leaves of the majestic old tree
So will be our memory of thee.
Softly we will bide our time
Until we meet at the silver line.