Friday, June 28, 2013

Memorial Bench Ideas

A memorial is an object which serves as a focus for the memory of something, usually a person (who has died) or an event. Popular forms of memorials include landmarks, objects or art such as sculptures, statues or fountains, and even entire parks are designed to serve as memorial places of remembrance. Benches can be incorporated into the design and are often personalized for multiple life events, historical events or for individuals themselves.

Many people plant garden memorials in honor of a loved one. The garden can be filled with flowers, statues, benches and personal items from the deceased, to become an area of peace, solitude, and reflection. Whatever memory you are hoping to create, there are many ways to memorialize that cherished remembrance with memorial benches.

Perhaps your memory includes a place, such as where you camped growing up, or where you played a hobby or sport together? Memorial benches can be personalized and donated to the property where these memories remain. Families usually hope to create unique and personal areas to visit time and time again.

When someone passes, the family may request that a memorial gift be given to a designated charity, or that a tree be planted in memory of the person. Sometimes, when a student has died, the memorials are placed in the form of a scholarship, to be awarded to high-achieving students in future years, or in tree plantings on school grounds. The idea of a granite memorial bench to sit quietly under a planting can add an extra special touch to tree memorial gift giving.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Place to Focus Grief for Survivors

The reasons for choosing cremation are as diverse as they are personal. There has been an increase in the number of people making this choice over ground burial more and more. When a loved one is cremated, some survivors keep the cremains (ashes) in an urn at home, while some decide to scatter the ashes in a place that holds special meaning.

However, scattering can sometimes leave the survivor with regrets. Maybe there was not adequate closure time, or perhaps they cannot go back to that special place where they scattered their loved one's ashes? Psychologists have long seen the importance of viewing the deceased at the funeral and for having the opportunity to say goodbye and to grieve (at your own pace and in your own way).

The decision to scatter ashes can leave some with the feeling of not having enough time to say goodbye. Or even the feeling of disconnect from their loved one. Because they have chosen to scatter, they find nowhere to "connect" with their loved one any longer.

Ask your local cemetery about your cremation options. Many have specialized buildings to house cremains where family members can visit and reflect. There are also cremation garden areas where cremation monuments are a more personal and private option. The cremains can be housed within the monument to help with grieving and connecting to the deceased. This is appealing because it gives survivors multiple options; some ashes are held in the permanent memorial, some are spread at their special place, and some are even kept close in an urn or cremation jewelry.

Families now have options to help them get through this very difficult time in their lives, while protecting the connection to loved ones for years to come.

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