A candle tree has been established at the Murwillumbah District Hospital.
A candle tree has been established at the Murwillumbah District Hospital.

Tree makes grieving for lost loved ones easier

MEMORIES of lost loved ones hang on the breeze of a solitary Coolamon tree at the front of the Murwillumbah District Hospital.

About 100 new heart-felt messages have been added to the hospital's candle tree after a community memorial service.

Grieving community members are invited to fill in candle tags and hang them on the tree, said Murwillumbah Community Health's Marcus Gibney.

“This is a place people come to reflect and memorialise their loss,” said Mr Gibney, a palliative care bereavement councillor.

“Grief never goes away. It's like falling in love backwards.”

Hundreds of symbolic candles hang in the branches, some simply have names, while others hold heart-felt message such as 'We'll meet again one day', 'We miss you so much' and 'Love you always'”.

“Graveyards are sometimes a bit too far out of town and there are no chairs in a graveyard,” he said.

“Regardless of people being cremated or buried, they die in the hospital or in the community.”

Mr Gibney said hospital staff also visited the garden.

“If people want a candle they can come to the hospital reception or Murwillumbah Community Health,” he said.

“They can put them up themselves or we can do it for them.”

The candle tree is surrounded by a picturesque garden, bench and a mural made by Murwillumbah High School students.

“It's really lovely when it's lit up at night time,” Mr Gibney said.

The candle tree garden project was funded by the Murwillumbah Cancer and Leukaemia Society.



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