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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 Memorial Chapel 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

Ribbons are available at our Welcome Center
Monday – Saturday | 8a.m. – 4:30p.m.

They will also be available at some of our community events during the year, such as on Memorial Day.

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.

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.

Living Memory Tree Map

Memorial Experiences

Whether you choose cremation or a traditional burial, Lakewood offers many ways to customize your memorial experience.

Do you have questions? Need information? Would you like to sit down and talk?
Our friendly Family Services team is always here to help.
(612) 822-2171 | email us

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