When cremation is chosen as the final method of disposition, many individuals believe that memorialization is not necessary. Most would say that since there’s no grave, there’s no need for a grave marker. Originally, grave markers were just that; a means to mark the grave. For many regions, a grave marker was simply a historical record.
As record keeping began to change over time so did the desire for how a grave marker should look. Simple historical records were gradually transformed into a monument, which in Latin translates to “to remind”. People wanted a place to go to remember a loved one or close friend. Human beings today are no different. People still want a place to go to remember a loved one or close friend. This is possible regardless of whether traditional burial or cremation has been chosen as the final method of disposition.
Grief experts and a multitude of studies have shown the importance of establishing a permanent memorial regardless of the chosen method of disposition. Psychologists agree that those left behind after the loss of a loved one or close friend need a place to visit, reflect and remember. Cremation memorials service those needs.
Traditional cremation memorials can be as simple as a plaque on the face of a cemetery niche, a flat granite or bronze marker installed on the cemetery grounds or even placing the cremated remains inside the configuration of a cemetery memorial. Non-traditional cremation memorials are functional structures not necessarily set in the cemetery. These may be a granite pillar or lantern erected at home in the family garden, a granite bench installed at a favorite golf course, or even in the form of a rustic boulder installed on a hiking trail in the park or by a river or lake.
Unique cremation memorials, whether traditional or non-traditional, can perpetuate cherished memories and fulfill all of our desires to remember the individual loss of life.