Now in its third year, the Christmas Trees of Remembrance initiative is becoming increasingly popular.
Trees of Remembrance are now standing at Douch & Small in Wimborne, AE Jolliffe & Son in Ferndown, Ives and Shand in Parkstone, Lesley Shand in Corfe Mullen and Blandford and Albert Marsh in Wareham and Upton.
Anyone is invited to pop into a branch and write a message of remembrance and then hang it from a branch. Any donations made will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The group’s James Smith branch in Swanage sponsored a Christmas tree which was part of the festival at The Emmanuel Baptist Church in the town.
Kathryn Clark, a funeral director at the Lesley Shand branch in Blandford, said: “We did it last year and people really appreciated the opportunity to write a message.
“As a relatively new branch it also encourages people from the town to come in and say hello.
“People really do find it helpful to write a message to a loved one – it doesn’t matter how long ago they passed away. We also have people, who live out of the area, contact us and ask us to hang a message on their behalf.
“For many though it will be the first Christmas without a wife, husband, mother or father and the words are very moving.
“And the money we collect will be going to a great charity – the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
For more information, go to www.funeraldirector.co.uk.