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Celebrating Faye’s life with a forest

In September 2015, Faye, Dom's wife, was diagnosed with cancer.

Together, Faye and Dom wanted to create a theme for her final journey; and the tree of life was the foundation of her journey. Dom approached Greenfleet and we helped him and Faye organise what would become a forest to celebrate her life.

Dom said, "I didn't want people to spend money on flowers, I didn't want people to spend money on research. I wanted [them] to spend it on something that would help the environment, but also to make her memory last forever, more than anything else."

In August 2016, the first tree of Faye's forest was planted in her honour by her children, and the whole family joined for this special moment.

In this poignant video, Dom tells us his story and how Greenfleet helped honour her memory with a forest.

 Planting a forest is a special gift for the current generation and the ones to come, and is a great way to commemorate a loved one or celebrate special occasions. Click here to find out more.




Transcript of Dom's video:

There was a picture of a hand on a tree that was taken in Byron Bay. And that's where it stemmed from.

We wanted to create a theme for her final journey; and the tree of life was the foundation of her journey.

So that night, I started looking for Greenfleet, or a company that could do it. I could find many others, but eventually found Greenfleet. And then, I emailed them at about 9.30 that night.

And Justin rang me in the morning. He goes, "We've never done this before."
I've gone, "I just need a yes or no answer, mate. Can you do it? Can't you do it?"
And he goes, "yes we can."

I had told no one until I got the confirmation from Greenfleet to say "Yes, we can." And then I told the family, and then I told Faye. And she was rapt.

I didn't want people to spend money on flowers, I didn't want people to spend money on research. I wanted [them] to spend it on something that would help the environment, but also to make her memory last forever, more than anything else.

So, the vision was a thousand trees. We ended up with two thousand trees.

In August, we planted with the family, and that was just a happy day. It wasn't a sad day. We did not want anybody to be sad. So, most of the people that came, everybody donated a dollar to whatever. So, they felt connected. Whereas you go to a cemetery, there's no connection. It's a headstone. You do what you do and you leave. A flower, you give somebody a flower, it dies tomorrow morning, you throw it away. Whereas here, it just keeps growing and growing and growing.

And that's what we wanted to leave. That's what I wanted to leave for her.

As I said, from the time we started with Greenfleet, it's always been "we've never done it before, but we'll help you. We'll help you from our website modifications to all these things."

When you're donating money, it's different to when you actually see the end product. It's like building a house. You see something on the plan, but you don't see it until you move in. Here, it's the same thing, you know. When we were planting the first 250 trees, that was inspiring.

I spent time, sometimes, to come over to have a coffee in the morning. I'm with the kangaroos, amongst my trees – her trees. And it's nice, you know.

Cemetery is good, but this much, much better.


 

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