Tree of Remembrance

Sunday, November 20th, 2022 at 4 pm in the garden of the Jared Coffin House with light refreshments after.

*If you miss the ceremony, you may still hang an ornament at any point during the holiday season. Scallop shells and markers have been left beneath the tree. Please remember that all ornaments will be removed January 1st. Scallop shells will be returned to the sea.


Each year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket hosts its Annual Tree of Remembrance Service. Gathering at our memorial tree, donated by the Stout Family, in the garden of the Jared Coffin House, community members come together to remember  loved ones who’ve died, and add ornaments with their names to the Tree of Remembrance. A brief interfaith service is held, followed by a short reception. Scallop shells are provided for names of loved ones, or participants bring their own ornaments if they wish. The ornaments remain on the tree until the first of January, at which time they’re removed and the shells are returned to the ocean.

This has been a simple but poignant service every year, held at the beginning of the traditional family holiday season, and provides families with a time to acknowledge and remember loved ones who are no longer with them. Coming together in community not only honors those who’ve died, but supports those who remember them.

Light refreshments will be served.

Special thanks to Michael Getter of Dune who has hosted many receptions for us, to Rev. Gary Klingsporn and Rev. Linda Simmons and now Rev. Max Wolf for their years leading the ceremony, and to the Flanagan family, Mollie Glazer, Jenny Paradis, and Jessica Sanseverino who have graced us with their voices over the years.

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