Bulletin Board: Memory tree ceremony to honor lost loved ones

On Jan. 19, 2009, we lost our son Matthew Hampton to suicide. To honor him and all other loved ones we have lost to any cause, we are organizing the 3rd annual Memory Tree in Concord. This tree will hold a designated yellow ribbon with a name tag and a light bulb for every loved one who is honored. The light bulbs and yellow ribbons will remain in place and lit for one week for all to see.

On Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., we will be holding our tree lighting ceremony at the National Alliance of Mental Illness building on 85 N. State St. We will read all of the names and those who honored them, then light the tree.

Sept. 8-15 is Suicide Prevention Week; because we are passionate about mental health and suicide prevention, all of the proceeds from the Memory Tree will go to NAMI of New Hampshire, so that they may continue to provide advocacy, support and education to those effected by mental illness and suicide in the communities across the state who are in need.

Author: Keith Testa

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