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Community Tree of Loss

Updated: May 12

We have all experienced a sense of loss through the pandemic, in many different ways. It can be a great help to us all to express our feelings — to name the people, places and activities that we have missed — and share our grief.

The black silhouette of a large tree, bare of leaves, against the deep blue of the night sky. Someone stands at the base of the tree, touching its trunk and remembering times and people they are missing. (Photo by Johannes Plenio from Pexels.)

To give everyone a space and opportunity to do this, we are creating a Community Tree of Loss. This will be displayed in the porch of the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th March 2021.

How to Join In

  • Either print out and use our leaf template (see below) or, if you prefer, draw your own leaf.

  • Write the name of the person or thing that you are missing, or a phrase or even a poem to express how you feel.

  • Perhaps colour it in too, as you reflect on your feelings and remember.

Post your completed leaf or leaves through the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church's letterbox (on the wall, down the right side) any time up until the 24th March 2021.

The Tree of Loss Display

The bare tree will be on displayed in the church porch from 20th March 2021. We hope to start adding leaves to its branches from then.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38–39

Community Tree of Hope

After Easter, the Tree of Loss will be changing and replaced by a Tree of Hope.


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