On November 19th, The Remembrance Tree Ceremony will take place at 2:00pm in the park located on the corner of Palmer Avenue and Weaver Street in Larchmont. This annual event was born out of a desire to unite families in the community who have lost children of any age and from any cause, for whom the holidays are especially difficult, thus knowing that their children are remembered. The organizers ask that participants bring a white ribbon with the name of the child, sibling or grandchild written on it so it may be tied to a branch of the lovely and majestically lofty ‘Cedrus Deodara’ evergreen.
The idea for the Remembrance Tree was initiated by Dawn Moriwaki and France Tucker both of Larchmont. Moriwaki is the leader of the White Plains Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement organization, with chapters all across the U.S. and other parts of the world, for folks who have lost a child, a sibling or a grandchild. Through a network of almost 700 chapters, The Compassionate Friends has been providing support to bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.
The two women forged a friendship and completed the project for the Remembrance Tree about 9 years ago, as they had both lost lovely, talented and soulful daughters to natural causes. Moriwaki’s daughter Kaitlyn, age 15, passed in 2004. Tucker’s daughter Olivia, 27, passed in 2006.
The event is usually held the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day each year. It is a reminder during the winter holidays that the children’s light continues to shine. Participants have a powerful need to honor their lost loved ones and to do whatever they can to make sure their beloveds are remembered.
For further information, call France Tucker (914) 318-4973 or Dawn Moriwaki (914) 834-0185.