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Treeternity your Trusted Saskatoon Memorial Forest shares Rob Wurzers Story

Thought about Planting a Tree For A Loved One? Treeternity offers an eco-friendly, modern way to celebrate an event, loved one, pet or family with a tree and plaque in a beautiful park. Treeternity allows you to celebrate or remember an important person or aspect of your life in an environmentally positive way. 

LET A TREE TELL YOUR STORY...

Treeternity is your Trusted Saskatoon Memorial Forest and in this article, they share a personal story. A Time to Remember'

 Rob Wurzer's Story by Maureen Haddock

As long as I live, I will think of Rob Wurzer every November. Rob, our friend and business partner, passed away on November 4, 2016. We held his public memorial on what would have been his 58th birthday. He was born on November 11, 1958.

The summer of 2016 will, forever, be Rob’s summer. As his health declined, my husband, who was Rob’s executor, spent many hours at the hospital discussing the business, the estate, and more personal concerns. I spent time with his wife talking about life, death, and remembering. Somehow, during this time, I heard about a magical, memorial forest, just west of Saskatoon. This forest, still in its infancy, is the vision of Mia Hollinger. When we suggested to Rob that his memorial place be in a forest, he immediately liked the idea. Rob also loved the idea that Treeternity was a new business endeavour, like TVTruck, the company we shared with Rob. He was able to vividly imagine the forest, as it might look in the future.


Treeternity is a place to remember people, pets, accomplishments, and occasions. You can even plant a family tree, adding additional plaques, as the family expands. People love to visit green spaces, and each tree in the memorial park is surrounded by protected land.  You can visit the Treeternity website to watch a video illustrating how this memorial forest might look in its maturity. The site also provides a way to reach Mia Hollinger, owner and developer of the memorial forest. Mia’s blog, also on her website, covers sensitive issues and offers helpful suggestions on many topics. While in the process of planning Rob’s memorial tribute, I called Mia for more information about Treeternity. Mia made it possible for Rob’s friends and family to make a donation to Rob’s memorial tree, in lieu of flowers. She provided a site map, and we were able to select a plot with meaningful coordinates. We decided Rob’s oak tree would be planted in plot 11 of row 58, reflecting his birth date of 11,11,1958. Of course, we had to wait until spring to actually plant his tree.  

Rob’s tree was about five feet tall when we planted it in June of 2017, and Burr Oaks grow about a foot a year. I plan to have a photo taken beside Rob’s tree each year since it was approximately my height when we planted it. With luck, it will be as tall as my husband, Gord, by the summer of 2018. We personalized a 9” by 5” plaque with a favourite quote. Mia was available to help us with every question and decision. I wondered what might happen if something unforeseen occurred to the business. Mia assured me that Treeternity has an agreement with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation to donate the land as wildlife conservation, so memorial trees will be enjoyed by future generations.

On the day of the planting, we kept the group small, knowing we had already celebrated with a public ceremony. Initially, Rob’s wife held the tree as each of us placed some dirt around the roots. She sprinkled some of Rob’s ashes there, too. We talked and took photos, and, as we walked away, we were given a certified keepsake certificate. I still remember Rob laughing at the idea of being a tree, symbolically, of course. I love the idea of sitting in the gazebo at Treeternity, some summer in the future, talking to my husband about our time with Rob and remembering the summer of 2016. It’s a quiet, beautiful, young park, and I intend to watch it grow old.

My mother-in-law, at 97, loves the poem Trees. I imagine you have guessed what I am thinking. Since Treeternity is a place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other milestones, I think we could give her a tree for her 98th birthday. After all, Treeternity is a happy place.

Trees

By Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see

A poem as lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed 

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast. 

A tree that looks at God all day 

And lifts her leafy arms to pray 

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair

Upon whose bosom snow has lain

Who intimately lives with rain

Poems are made by fools like me  

But only God can make a tree. 


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Each tree has its own story so there are countless reasons why planting a tree might be something you want to do. You can also offer it as a unique gift for someone you love, they are the perfect example of something that gives more than once.

Check out the website and contact Mia to get the process started today. 

Treeternity is your Trusted Saskatoon Memorial Forest.


Trusted Saskatoon Brags about Treeternity your Trusted Saskatoon & area Memorial Forest

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory Team are ecstatic to welcome Treeternity Memoria Forest to our directory of excellence and brag about what makes their services truly unique. Treeternity is your Trusted Saskatoon memorial forest.  

"Let A Tree Tell Your Story"


When you lose a loved one or have a big occasion in your life you often think of ways to remember or celebrate these moments. What the Trusted Saskatoon Team loves about Treeternity, is that they have a created a beautiful space specifically for this purpose. When asked how the concept of Treeternity was founded this is what Mia had to say.

Well I could never really decide exactly what I want my loved ones to do when the time inevitably comes.  I always thought I would like to donate every organ I possibly can to help in any way but then what would my family do, what would they be left with?  If I were cremated and wanted my ashes spread someplace random would that be it?  My family would not have anywhere to go to remember me if I did that.  I feel like I want to have a memorial place which provides a point of focus for remembrance and I would like that place to be a beautiful, happy, modern place...and with that Treeternity Memorial Forest was born...  I want to be a tree and love the thought of having a tree leave my mark here on Earth. - Mia Hollinger (Owner of Treeternity)


When you purchase a memorial tree...

1. You will have a choice of 4 tree types from which you will choose one. Oak, Maple, Linden or an ornamental flowering crab apple tree.

2. When you purchase a memorial you will choose where you would like to plant your tree from the available 12’x12’ spaces.

3. You will receive a standard 9"x5" FusionCast TM Plaque which will be placed flat in the ground in front of the tree. You will choose your own personal message to be inscribed on the plaque.

4. Planting starts as soon as possible in the spring once the ground is no longer frozen and will plant throughout the season as the weather allows.  On your planting day, you and your loved ones will receive your tree and we will show you to the space you have previously chosen. The plaque will be in place and the area will be ready for you to plant your tree. You are left to do your planting and enjoy the day.  There is a beautiful gazebo on location for you to enjoy.


We spoke to quite a few of Treeternity's clients and we're excited to hear their experiences and what this has meant to them. This is what one of their client's Maureen had to say:


"When Gord's mom passed away ( May 25, 2018) we planted a tree for his parents, giving their wedding date and each of their birth and passing dates. Then I decided to plant a tree for my parents in the same way. We have reserved a spot to plant a tree for ourselves on our 50th which is December 2020...so we will plant it early. That prompted my daughter to think about one for their 20th which is in 2025. We fancy having an entire corner of forest for our family trees. The grandchildren already feel it is their forest. I have recommended Treeternity to others and have found comfort and beauty in this place," - Maureen Haddock 


Treeternity is truly a special place. Whether it is finding a way to remember a loved one or pet after they have passed and the funeral is over or celebrating an anniversary, birthday or another milestone Treeternity is a perfect place. These trees are truly a unique way to cope with difficult times in your life and provide closure for your family. They also are a way to celebrate milestones in your life and watch the tree grow for years to come. 

We are thrilled to give the thumbs up to Mia and Treeternity your Trusted Saskatoon Memorial Forest! See all they do and read client testimonials on Treeternity listing here on the Trusted Saskatoon Directory 


Trusted Saskatoon funeral professionals discuss grief and the change of Seasons


 
Grief and the change of Seasons:
 
 
 
               Trust that you will find your way back to life just as the daffodil breaks through the frozen ground.
                                                                                                                                    Linda Lehmann

 

The first year following the death of a loved one you may reflect on the significant and insignificant events of your life from the previous year. You may catch yourself thinking, “Last year, at this time, we were…” Your memories of those seasons of life include your loved one and you may be painfully aware that when the season comes again, you will have lived a whole year without him or her. This reality confirms what you may already have known - that the physical presence of your loved one is lost forever, just like the last hint of snow that melts into the ground. And with that realization come a new sense of how time and the seasons pass.

The change of seasons signifies the many roles that your loved one played in each of the seasons of your life. These role losses may trigger your grief all over again. The subtle changes that signal the approach of a new season observed by others may be overshadowed by the grief that looms over each passing day for you. And then, before you know it, time has continued to tick off minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months as you are confronted with a new season that brings with it more loss and grief.

As each season arrives, ask yourself:

  • What roles did my loved one play in this season?
  • Who will fill that role now?
  • What role did I play in my loved one’s life that is now gone?

If no one can fill that role, you may need to ask for help from others who may be waiting for that opportunity. You will need to allow yourself to grieve the unique role your loved one played in your life, as well as the role you played in his or hers.

 

With each new time of year, you may find that your mood does not fit the season.

  • As spring arrives, you may feel like you are in the winter of your grief, only to be surrounded by new growth, new beginnings and people who talk about things like hope and anticipation of warmer weather.
  • Summer months are often spent doing family and outdoor activities that may heighten your sense of loss. The days full of despair may be longer than you would like them to be. It may be a beautiful day, but you may feel stone cold inside.
  • As the leaves fall from the trees in the fall and the growing season ends, you are reminded of the dullness and drabness of your life. Your grief may be in its fallow time, where everyday looks pretty much the same.
  • As the weather gets colder and forces you indoors, you may feel even more alone and isolated in your grief. The shorter days may amplify the night you feel in your soul.

It is important to surround yourself with the beauty of each new season in order to remind yourself that while you may be in the depths of your grief, you are in the midst of life.

  • Surround yourself with living things in order to reassure yourself that your grief will change like the seasons.
  • When you go outdoors, breathe in fresh air deeply to replace the stagnant air of grief.
  • Take a moment to feel the breeze against your face or the warmth of the sun against your skin. Remind yourself that you are still alive, even though your loved one has died.
  • Plant flowers to reassure you that plants grow with care. Remind yourself often, that your grief will ease if you honor it and take care of it. Indeed, you may find yourself growing in ways you could have never imagined.
  • If you have no seeds of hope, let someone else plant them for you. Surround yourself with others who will tend to you, encourage you, and provide an environment where you can do your work.

 

Remember, time alone will not heal your grief; it’s what you do with your time that heals your grief. Trust in the rhythm of your grief. Trust that someday in a new season you will find your way back to life just like the daffodil that breaks through the frozen ground back into the sunlight.

 

 


Trusted Saskatoon Funeral Experts answers your Questions


TrustedSaskatoon.com Talk to the ExpertsLegal and Professional Services Show -

Q: Nikki MacDonald: What's the most outlandish/oddest request you have received for a funeral service? Bonus question: do you refer to your "clients" as corpses or as the living-impaired? (lol, sorry, couldn't resist!)

We promote and encourage families to give us ideas by telling us about the person who has passed away. What were their interests, hobbies, jobs/career and what truly made this person who he/she was. This information helps our professional funeral directors create a meaningful life reflection that tells their story.

The term “corpse” is an old term that is rarely used other than in some movies. Although we do appreciate a sense of humor, we are always respectful at Hillcrest Funeral Home and will refer to deceased people by their names or as the decedent.

Q: Ann Lyte-Maille: If you prepay for your funeral and plots but then get divorced can you switch places or do you still have to spend eternity side by side?

A: This might be a more appropriate question for a lawyer but as far as I know, any property owned in a marriage is usually divided in a separation agreement. If we are speaking of a pre-paid funeral and not cemetery, they fall under a different Act, the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan Act and the owner of that specific contract has the rights to that contract.

Q: M liz Beisel: Can you have a theme funeral or a home setting funeral?

A: Yes, as stated in a previous question, we guide people and offer ideas and advise to help them plan more meaningful or “theme” types of services. “An Evening to Remember” has become very popular. This type of service is usually held in our Reception Center with wine service or a full bar, with catering from as simple as appetizers to full course hot meals. These services typically include an M.C. to help keep the evening flowing, Memory Tribute Videos, and “open mic” for people to express their memories of the person and can end with a fireworks display. Our facility is unique in its’ size and location which allows us to offer services that are too difficult to handle elsewhere.

Q: Kaitlyn Mhairie Zeiler: When is the best time to start saving for your funeral, is it ever too soon?

A: This is a good question. We guarantee today’s prices for funeral home services and merchandise so the earlier you pre-pay the lower the cost because you save on any future inflation. Your money is held in trust and is always accessible to you at any time should you need it in the future.

Q: Darryl Spokes: Do you offer financing if someone dies young/ unexpectedly?

A: We can offer short term credit for special circumstances, however we are not unlike any other business that requires a cash flow therefore we do offer advice as to where funding can be obtained or make suggestions to obtain bank financing or the use of their credit card. Pre-paying for these costs could be covered by an “in-house” financing plan as the services and merchandise will not be used until the future.

Q: Deenna Dekker: Do you charge a fee per year for plots and upkeep? 

A: No, there is no fee per year for upkeep of cemetery property. By law, cemeteries must place a portion of the cost of the plot at the time of purchase, into a perpetual care fund. This fund is used for the upkeep of the cemetery after the cemetery is full. 

 

 

 


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