Why do I need a monument or memorial?The process of designing and installing the memorial aids the family in adjusting to their new life without the presence of their loved one. Rituals, like the funeral service itself, serve as a reminder of the frailty of life and the bonds that tie us together.
More importantly, a monument serves as a bridge between the past, present and future. Monuments and memorials are a visually lasting testament to those we lost and an enduring tribute that can be touched, much like the person we have lost. Cemeteries are the place where the living gather to celebrate, remember and also mourn as they continue their journey here on earth.
1Why is it important to have a place to visit? Why is having a place to memorialize someone so important?
Many families seek the solitude and peace that comes from having a serene setting in which to visit their loved ones, to pay respect or just to reflect. Holidays are particularly important as visitation increases during these times. Future generations will also have a place to come to visit and learn about their loved ones.
2Do I have to purchase a headstone or grave marker?
No, absolutely not. However, many families prefer to have a visible marking of their loved one’s site when they come to visit the cemetery.
Memorialization allows future generations to honor and remember their loved ones and represents the final footprint of the deceased.
Memorialization may be arranged by the family before or after the death has occurred.
3Do veterans need to complete documentation for their burial and to obtain a marker?
Documentation is required for veterans to obtain a government provided bronze memorial. Funeral homes may also require documentation as well.