The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) has launched a Virtual Memory Tree, giving people the opportunity to share a memory and dedicate a message to a loved one to remember those who they hold close this festive season.
By lighting up a star on memorytree.ie, people can keep their memories alive and help the ASI to support the 500,000 people in Ireland whose families have been impacted by dementia.
Una Caulfield (59), from Drumcondra in Dublin, a member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network (DCCN) which is supported by The ASI, has left a heartfelt message in memory of her mother Mary (94) who passed away in September of this year. Una was a full-time carer for her Mum following her dementia diagnosis seven years ago.
Caulfield said: “Caring for Mum in our home was something my family and I really wanted to do. It wasn’t always easy but we are so glad we did it. The house is so empty now without her and we really miss her.
“This will be our first Christmas without her in 24 years and we are thinking about all of the fun times we had together.
“It’s so nice to keep her memory alive in this way on the ASI’s Virtual Christmas Tree. This is a verse from a poem that my friend wrote about my Mum and her sister and friends have told how they feel it really captures her spirit.
“It reads: ‘And Oh! The Laughter! What did we laugh at? The music, songs and stories Tales of the ordinary, Rich ones in the telling become richer.’”
The ASI will dedicate the star on top of their Virtual Memory Tree to all those who used their services, attended their day care centres or helped them to advocate, that have sadly passed away this year.
People can share a memory in different ways:
Keep Memories Alive:Share a memory of a loved one who has sadly passed away
In Your Thoughts:Share a memory of a loved one you haven’t seen in a while
Times of Joy:Share a memory of someone during a happy time or a time of celebration. Everyone can take part.
Visit MemoryTree.ie for more information, and to support the ASI.