Permanent Memorialization

This means creating a dedicated place for family and friends to connect and remember your loved one.

A Consistent Place of Healing

A Consistent Place of Healing

In our modern society, people aren't given enough time to grieve their losses. The pressures of work, even the simple emotional need to ‘be busy,’ often bring the bereaved back into the ‘real’ world far too soon.

Also, many families are choosing to scatter the cremated remains of their loved one in a favorite place; the ocean, or even in the skies above. While that may seem fitting at the time, it means that you do not have a consistent place to connect with the memories of the person you loved so dearly.

Having such permanent place - in a cemetery, mausoleum, or cremation garden - that can be visited regularly by family and friends is an essential part of the time following a death. It becomes a focal point of memorialization, and gives everyone a special place to go to remember your loved one, or to commemorate important occasions. It can help to make a birthday or anniversary less painful.

A permanent place to reflect on your loved one becomes a way of connecting to a family's past. Visiting the resting place of grandparents or great-grandparents may provide children with an anchor to their personal history. It is a connection to the past, to love shared. It truly honors the relationship you still have – and will always have – with that person.

8 Reasons to Create a Permanent Memorial

Creating a permanent memorial can be an extremely personal decision. There are many reasons someone may want to create one, and it is important to understand the benefits before making this type of commitment. Let us explore 8 reasons why you should consider creating a permanent memorial for yourself or for someone else that has passed away.

What is a memorial?

A memorial is a physical commemoration that is permanently installed at a gravesite, crypt, or niche within a cemetery. Bronze, granite, or stone can be used to create permanent memorials. Memorials may be placed at the head or foot of a grave and may be erected or flush with the ground when designating an in-ground burial site (lawn-level). Memorialization takes the form of a bronze name scroll permanently connected to the crypt or memorial information etched immediately into the granite front when marking a mausoleum or niche entombment.

8 Reasons to Create a Permanent Memorial

1. It provides a sense of closure.

For many people, creating or participating in the creation of a permanent memorial is one way to achieve closure after a loved one has passed away. It can be helpful to have a physical space where you can go to remember and honor your loved one. It also allows you to move on  with your life in a positive way.

2. You can celebrate the memory of someone you love for years to come.

While it is sad that your loved one has passed away, having something permanent like a memorial provides another opportunity to celebrate their life and all they meant to you. It allows you to remember them with fondness instead of sadness every day. You also get to celebrate their anniversary , birthday, and other special days of the year.

3. You can have a physical space to go to instead of just memories.

One problem with being so fixated on your loved one is that you may not be able to move forward in your own life because all you do is reminisce about them. Having something permanent like a memorial allows you to still remember the life of your loved one, but also start to heal and move on.

4. It can also be a gathering place for friends and family.

If you have a large memorial, it can become a gathering place for friends and family to come together and celebrate the life of your loved one. This can provide comfort in knowing that they are still with you in some way. Friends and relatives also appreciate this because it gives them a place to go when there is an anniversary or birthday.

5. Permanent Memorials give people a place to mourn.

When a person dies, it can be hard for friends and family to know what to do. A permanent memorial provides a place where people can come and mourn. This is especially important if the death was unexpected or sudden. It allows people to share their memories of their loved ones and helps them cope with their loss. A permanent memorial also serves as a place where you can "talk" with your loved one about your daily life.

6. It provides a permanent place for the next generation to learn about their ancestors.

A permanent memorial is a place where future generations can go to learn about their ancestors. This can be especially important if the person who died was not famous or did not have any children. A permanent memorial provides a way for people to learn more about the person's life and what they stood for. It also helps keep their memories alive for many years to come. 

7. Permanent memorial is practical for the family.

It is practical for the family in the sense that the remains of their loved one is being taken care of perpetually. The memorial site can also act as a resting place for the family to come and visit. It is a space where they can go to reflect on the life of their loved ones and feel closer to them.

8. Permanent memorials guarantee respect for the dead.

It guarantees respect in the sense that it is a permanent reminder that someone has died. It is also a physical representation of grief and loss. This can be comforting for friends and family members as they are able to see how others are coping with the death of their loved ones.

It's perfectly fine to wait to create a permanent memorial for a loved one. For some people, it's necessary to have a loved one nearby. If ever you decide to have a permanent memorial for your loved one, please don't hesitate to contact Manchester Memorial Funeral Home at (732) 350-1950.