Celebrating Faye’s life with a forest

Celebrating Faye’s life with a forest


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, 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, Greenfleet – 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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