Christmas is typically a joyful time, but for some, especially those who have lost a loved one, it can be the most difficult season to get through. 

This week, Palliative Manitoba set up its Memory Tree at St. Vital Centre, giving Manitobans a safe place to express their grief. 

From now until Christmas Eve, Manitobans can share their memories with a volunteer, hang a card on the tree and honour someone special. 

Between 2500-3000 cards are hung on the tree each year. For those unable to make it to the mall, there is also an option to fill out a card online. 

Every card submitted is kept to bless and burn at the Light the Memories Ceremony in 2024.

Cards can be placed on the Memory Tree during mall hours until Christmas Eve.

The Memory Tree is a tradition that started in 1987. Donations made to the tree will go to support programs and services for the dying and bereaved in Manitoba.