Remembrance trees to honour loved ones

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A remembrance tree is displayed in H&J Smith's Invercargill store in 2017. FILE PHOTO

IN an act of solidarity, remembrance trees will be placed in Invercargill’s H & J Smith store for the fourth year in a row to honour loved ones who have died.

The Loss and Grief Centre, in conjunction with H & J Smith, organised to put the trees in the store for Loss and Grief Awareness Week, from July 27-31.

Loss and Grief Centre director Caroline Loo said it was an opportunity for people to mourn “outwardly”.

“People can head in store at a time that suits them and write a name or message, take a moment to stop and remember.”

Note paper would be provided for those who wanted to write a message or the name of someone who had died.

The centre started placing remembrance trees in the Invercargill H & J Smith store during the national awareness week four years ago.

Mrs Loo said it was important to acknowledge everyone mourned differently.

“It’s an opportunity to do a bit of growth, reflect and move forward.”

During the store’s opening hours, people could put something on the tree “when it was the right time for them”, she said.

Mrs Loo said she was incredibly grateful for the “huge amount” of support the centre had received from H & J Smith.

“They have been fantastic and continue to provide opportunities for the community to have an outlet to express loss and grief.”

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