ATWOOD – Brenneman Funeral Home held its final annual tree-planting ceremony at the Elma Memorial Community Centre on Jun. 26, just days before Jim and Judy Brenneman retire.
John Mann and Ernie Naylor entertained the large gathering of friends and loved ones of those being honoured. They played guitars and sang thoughtful songs during the tree planting ceremony.
The funeral home will change hands on June 30 to new owners, David and Abbey Bald, who hope to carry on the tree-planting tradition started by the Brenneman’s in 2005. However, they will have to find a new location as the current park has no more room for trees.
The Balds are working with the municipality to find a new location.
Reverend Ernie Naylor from the Atwood Presbyterian Church closed the ceremony with words of hope and healing and a final prayer.
After the service, the guests were treated to Timbits, fruit, and soft drinks under the outdoor rink canopy.
Memorial Tree Program
Since grief does not end on the day of the funeral, it is important to nourish the memories of those we have lost.
Each spring, Brenneman Funeral Home invites the families they have served to join them at a memorial tree planting dedication service. They encourage family members to participate as we plant trees in memory of loved ones who have passed away. Memorial name plaques are placed at the base of the trees. As families share this event together, they take comfort in knowing that as a life ends, a new life begins. This also gives families a place to visit and remember loved ones, in addition to their place of final rest.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times