Commemorating lost loved ones this Christmas


Christmas can be a time when the pain of losing a loved one is felt more than any other time of year, and this is recognised by Ipswich Hospice.

During December, Ipswich residents can leave messages of remembrance for lost loved ones while donating to Ipswich Hospice Care.

The “Hospice Remembrance Trees” are an annual tradition across various Ipswich locations where you can purchase a ‘message butterfly’ for $2, leave a special message and place it on one of their Christmas Trees.

At the conclusion of the Remembrance Trees’ promotion, the butterflies are removed and brought to Ipswich Hospice’s Bereavement Centre, Hilda’s House.
The messages are all handled in a thoughtful and respectful manner before being burned.
The ashes are then scattered in the Ipswich Hospice Memorial Rose Garden during a special ceremony in the New Year.

Ipswich Hospice Care’s Acting General Manager Rosie Lawson said Christmas was a time for both reflection and reminding the community of the Hospice’s work. “About 50 per cent of the Hospice’s funding comes from the community, and Hospice relies on continuous funding to ensure the service can keep running for the local area.”

Other merchandise will also be available at the Remembrance Tree locations, including candles, cookbooks, teddy bears and some newly designed Christmas decorations.
A team of Hospice volunteers will be at the stalls every day, so please remember to bring a few coins and give generously.

Remembrance Tree Locations:
Booval Fair: Dec 1- Dec 24, 8:30-5:00pm every day except Thursday (8:30-7:30pm).
Riverlink Shopping Centre: Dec 3-Dec 9, 9:00-5:00pm every day except Thursday (9-8:00pm)
Ipswich Hospice Reception:
Dec 3-Dec 24, 9:00-5:00pm Monday-Friday
Online at, call 07 3812 0063 or email [email protected].

About Ipswich Hospice
Ipswich Hospice is a seven-bed private healthcare facility, providing quality end of life palliative care to terminally ill people, and support for their families in a caring home-like environment.
Hilda’s House is located next to the main Hospice building. From Hilda’s House Ipswich Hospice provides a number of bereavement support services including one-to-one support, adult and children’s groups and community education.
Ipswich Hospice Care is a registered charitable organisation and proudly community owned and managed. Services are provided within the Ipswich and West Moreton region.
Funds raised are used for the ongoing provision of palliative care and bereavement support to the Ipswich and West Moreton community. Key areas of expenditure include: nursing care, premises upkeep and medical supplies.
To donate or to find out more about the services provided, go to: or call 07 3812 0063.