Last summer I set out to gather pictures for this series of posts, which I’ve titled “Remembering Loved Ones”.
This mission took me to Sudbury to connect with family and friends and the Sudbury Hospital (formerly Laurentian Hospital and now Health Services North).
At the information desk of one wing an employee directed me to a beige wall stamped with leaves of various colors. It was not what I was looking for but, after a second inquiry, I was sent there again. I needed a dinosaur to help me, someone with long term institutional memory.
What I was seeking was “The Tree” which had been at the main hospital entrance years ago and which I called “The Tree of Life”. It was made of metal leaves (maybe bronze or copper) bearing the names of donors and others who had passed on. Two of those leaves displayed the names of my daughter Anne and son Adam. We had contributed the money that friends and family had given us in sympathy so our children could be part of this memorial.
I wanted a picture of “The Tree” for this post but it was gone.
As I looked further, I was directed to another wing where I found a volunteer about my age, a ‘dinosaur’ with more than 20 years experience.
He informed me that the lobby and the tree were long gone, a result of major renovations and additions. But he then guided me back to the wall I had first seen where the names on the original leaves had been transferred. Hundreds of names had been added.
I did not read every one, nor find my children’s names on this very long wall. My mission had been to get a picture of the commemorative tree. Instead I am displaying a couple of pictures of the new memorial, another gesture in memory of my loved ones.
The original “Tree of Life”, with my children’s leaves, lives clearly in my memory.