The Living Memory Tree is a vibrant addition to the Lakewood landscape and offers a new way for families to honor the memory of a loved one and express their sentiments in a creative, collective way. Located between the Administration Building and the Garden Mausoleum, the Living Memory Tree is a Japanese Lilac festooned in ribbons that contain heartfelt messages of remembrance and love.
Adding A Ribbon
To maintain the beauty of our grounds while still offering this meaningful tradition, we ask that you only use the ribbons provided by Lakewood. We offer these ribbons free of charge. They are made of biodegradable cotton and linen and are able to withstand natural elements and eventually safely and naturally return to the grounds. Please do not tie synthetic or plastic ribbons to the Living Memory Tree.
Ribbons are available in our Administration Building (The first building you see when you enter the grounds)
Monday – Friday | 8a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Saturday | 8a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Adding a ribbon to the tree is free and open to everyone, whether you have a loved one at Lakewood or not. The Living Memory Tree is also available for private, small group memorial experiences in conjunction with a cremation or burial at Lakewood.
Choose ribbons in colors that are personally meaningful. Begin the ceremony with a special reading or a prayer. Allow each member in your group to contribute their own message. It is a beautiful way to deepen and personalize the experience.