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Community Tree of Loss

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

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 created a Community Tree of Loss. This was displayed in the porch of the Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th March 2021.


How to Join In


People were invited to print out leaf templates and write the name of the person or thing that they were missing, or a phrase or even a poem to express how they felt.


The Tree of Loss Display


The bare tree was displayed in the church porch from 20th March 2021, with leaves gradually being added to it over the coming days.

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 changed and was replaced by a Tree of Hope.


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