The Tree Story
Cypress (Grief Soother) – Cupressus sempervivens /stricta
These trees can be found in graveyards all around the Mediterranean, standing like statuesque guardians over the spirits of the dead. The wood is used for both cradles and coffins as the scent is meant to soothe both the newly dead and the newly born. In ancient Greece, cypress groves were places of sanctuary. Standing near these trees, the strong life force can be felt. This tree is associated with the underworld Goddess Hecate who stands at the crossroads and has the ability to transform death back into life, so is a symbol of transformation.