Ethel Cooke

Featured Leaf April 2014: Ethel Cooke

Leaves of Remembrance bear names of homeless women and men who’ve died, so that every person will have a place to be remembered. 

The Tree of Life sculpture and community gathering place, pictured below, is companion to these Leaves, and has been planted and dedicated in Victor Steinbrueck Park, north of Pike Place Market!  Its beautiful Tree elements have Leaf cutouts, representing those who’ve been lost.

December 21, 2013
Candlelight Vigil for All Homeless Deaths in 2013

Background:  For nine years, the Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative effort of homeless women, faith community leaders, designers, artists, social service providers and other friends–has worked to create places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County. Our concept is twofold: A beautiful, bronze “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” embedded in Right of Way locations throughout the City.

bronze leaf reading 'fallenleaves.org'

Leaf photo by Ion Gardescu


It’s important to us to be able to connect personal memories with the bronze Leaves to tell the stories of the people remembered. We know it’s important to the grieving to have their stories heard. We want to create sites all over Seattle of beauty, hope and healing. We’ve found that the process of creation and storysharing is healing.

On this site you can read these stories and learn more about each of the people remembered. You can see a list of all names, find the list of names at a particular site, or see a map of leaf locations. You can also learn more about the history of the Homeless Remembrance Project, who we are, and how you can help. You can request a leaf for a loved one you’ve lost while they were homeless, or contact us for any further information.

Check out our News category for postings and photographs of our recent installations. And please visit our new project website to learn more about us, and the Tree of Life.

Thank you!