Christmas is a time of celebration for most, even if it will feel a little different again this year thanks to COVID-19. However, even in normal times, it can bring sadness and loneliness to many. In the weeks ahead, many will experience these feelings acutely – young and old.
There is an African proverb that says –
“As long as you speak my name, I shall live forever”.
This is the motivation behind the Linlithgow Rotary Tree of Light, now in its sixth year.
First and foremost, the Rotary Tree of Light is a tree of remembrance — of a life fondly remembered — and a beacon of light and hope in the bleakest of circumstances for some who look on Christmas with trepidation and even despair. The numerous people who have made a Tree of Light dedication in the past have found the “speaking of the loved one’s name” consoling, even cathartic.
But the Rotary Tree of Light is also a tree of celebration — perhaps to celebrate a milestone event such as a birthday, a significant anniversary or a new life begun, even a new generation for a family.
There will be many personal reasons to make dedications.
By making a donation, and for those that wish it, the names of the people who are to be acknowledged and the tributes written will be displayed on panels encircling the base of the tree at The Cross as well as on the dedicated Tree of Light website, so that it can be shared with family and friends wherever they are.
This year, we are delighted that Linlithgow’s Tree of Light is once again being placed at The Cross – at the very heart of the community – thanks to the generous co-operation of the local Linlithgow Councillors and West Lothian Council Officers.
Once again, the town’s tree at The Cross will be dedicated as the Tree of Light, and thanks to the generous donations of our corporate sponsors all the running costs have been covered. This means that every penny of every pound collected during the campaign goes directly to benefit four charities working locally –
- with those who are isolated by illness, age or infirmity, and
- with local young people, and
- with those living with loneliness and bereavement, and
- with those suffering from anxiety or depression