Monuments and reasons to memorialise, even if cremated
- Cremation is a method of preparing a body and does not take the place of a funeral service or a proper monument. A person may choose to be cremated, but that does not mean they do not wish to be honoured and memorialised. Remains can still be buried in a family plot, interred in a family columbarium or placed in a communal columbarium.
- A monument serves as an everlasting tribute to a life well lived and life worth remembering. It is a representation of that person and how they lived; it is a final gift. Monuments can be custom made and personalised to honour and depict that person the way he /she and family would have liked to be portrayed. Such timeless monuments as the National Workers Memorial, ANZAC memorials, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Pyramids were erected to memorialise great leaders and unforgotten heroes. They are how we remember the people who were important in our lives, from parents to Prime Ministers.
- Monuments provide a peaceful focal point where family can visit and be with their loved one and family. Cemeteries are tranquil places where you can feel comfortable visiting without judgment.
- Monuments serve as a permanent record for future generations and genealogy. You will often see people walking cemetery grounds to appreciate the art and history of monuments.
- Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialisation, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased whether it be traditional interment or cremation, is a dignified treatment of a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfils the natural desire for memorialisation.
- Monuments and memorialisation have in some way or another been a part of every society as far back as we have records. Yes, even the cave paintings served as monuments.
- Granite is symbolic in that it is everlasting, much like the love that was shared by and toward your loved one.
- Many people have regretted scattering the ashes of their loved ones and not memorialising them properly. Consider a memorial in a permanent & accessible place where survivors and descendants can visit and remember a loved one. If you still wish to be scattered, it is suggested that half be scattered at a location and the other half be buried in a family lot or interred in a cremation memorial or columbarium. You do not want to deny your loved one the privilege of being honoured and remembered for generations to come.
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