A Lasting Memory Tree

In 530 words find out about a great new idea for a farewell!

A wonderful idea for a baby’s farewell… A wonderful memory of a grandparent.

As a funeral celebrant I am always on the lookout for ways to create distinctive funerals and memorials. Recently I found a fantastic alternative to memorial books at funerals…you know the books where everyone records their names?

So let me introduce SamiLea’s Trees… sisters Sam and Leanne started from humble beginnings. They moved from a single birthday gift idea into bachelorette party and wedding memories and since having a conversation with them, they  have also added funeral memory trees.

Leanne told me that the idea for SamiLea’s Trees came about when her sister Sam asked her to paint a tree without leaves on a canvas. Leanne loves to paint but since her children arrived had not picked up a brush much. This was Sam’s way of encouraging Leanne to get back into something she really enjoyed, and at the same time creating a thoughtful present for her friend.  The idea being that Sam would get all the people who went to her friend’s 40th to add their fingerprints with paint to the tree that Leanne had painted. The fingerprints would become the leaves on the tree. The idea was a great hit at the 40th and more requests followed.

And so SamiLea’s Trees was born.

On realising that they could use inks to create this effect, Sam and Leanne decided to make up a pack using ink and printed images of leafless trees and branches to see what interest might be out there.

The rest, as they say in the classics, is history.

what can I use instead of a memorial book

SamiLea’s Trees packs include:

  • A tree or branch printed on high quality gloss paper
  • A personalised message below the image
  • Additional illustration can be included such as: pets, birds and even handbags have been requested
  • A choice of two ink colours
  • A frame is provided in your choice of white, black or light wood
  • Wipes (to clean fingers) and a pen for signing of names

Since starting the creation of packs in early 2017, SamiLea’s Trees have created over 110 trees. They think that’s amazing!

People are loving the personal touch that the trees offer. Having their images customised to suit people is seen as an added bonus.

Now with along with Memorial Trees, they also offer: Wedding Trees, Birthday Trees, Thank you Teacher Trees, Retirement Trees, Family Trees, Grandparent Trees, Bachelorette Branches, Welcome Baby Trees to name a few.

Based in Croydon in Melbourne’s east SamiLea’s Trees are absolutely loving the beautiful feedback and photos people have sent them of their finished trees.

What started as a simple idea has turned into something that people really love. Sam and Leanne are both thrilled to see the trees brought to life.

Pricing for packs start at $60 for an A4 tree (up to 50 fingerprints). A3 packages with up to 100 fingerprints are $80. The A2 trees (100+ fingerprints) are only $100. The number of fingerprints is a rough guide as to how many fingerprints will fit. How full you would like your tree to be influences how many fingerprints can be added.

You place an order or can find out more about SamiLea’s Trees here. And I can provide one for a funeral, memorial or thanksgiving service.

We have just one life…

Jacqui Chaplin

Independent Funeral Information | Life Story Collector & Writer | End of Life Tributes | Easier End of Life Experiences | Funeral Planning and Celebrancy

Just One Life… doing and designing dying and death differently and with dignity and distinction.

For more information on doing dying and death differently or to start thinking about how to handle a death of a loved one before you are overtaken by grief, organise a conversation with Jacqui today.

Call +61 (0)412 741 531 or email jacqui@jacquichaplin.com

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Jacqui Chaplin is a Lifetime & End-of-Life Commemoration Specialist (a funeral celebrant among other things) based in Melbourne, Australia. She loves capturing stories about the nature of life and being human, as well as, celebrating and commemorating well lived lives and lives that have ended. Jacqui has a passion for bringing the conversations that many of us find difficult to think about, let alone speak about, out in the open so we can see how our stories, values and beliefs influence our attitudes.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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