Most of us will have memories or a connection with a tree from our childhood. Eating the fruit, swinging or climbing in the branches, playing in their shade, sharing picnics and BBQ's. We are grateful for their calming and peaceful yet strong presence and the important role they play in the protection of our world. They are vital in maintaining the balance of our climate and our fragile ego system. Trees are our future from storing the carbon of green house gases to nurturing animal and insect life and medicines we know and are yet to be discovered.
You also need to decide what to plant, a native tree such as puriri, pohutukawa, kowhai etc are firm favourites, rose bushes, flowering shrubs or a fruit tree so you can enjoy the fruit are something you should consider too. A tree may also be planted instead of a traditional headstone - check with your local council bylaws before planting.