Cremation Memorialization

 

Jim Baldridge and Eric Fogarty discuss the importance of Memorializing a loved one

Since 1985, there has been a growth rate in cremation. Many factors influence this growth, from a poor economy to going green. But there is a problem; what do families do with the cremated body? For those wishing to be “spread”, there are designated areas in cemeteries to spread ashes. However, the idea of numerous cremated bodies in one area does not appeal to most. There are those who place the cremated remains in decorative urns of all types and keep them in the home to be close to the one who passed away. However, there are some questions to ask yourself with this option. For instance, how are other members of the family reminded of her and how are they able to reflect on her memory? Do they come to your house? What happens to mom when it is your time to pass on? Who will care for her remains then?

Memorialization is just as important when you are cremated as when you choose a full body burial. Creating that permanent resting place for a loved one enables visitation for present and future generations. It leaves a mark indicating a person lived on this earth and memorials endure the elements for hundreds of years. Memorialization is not just for the dearly departed; it remains for the living.

Thinking in future terms, one must consider the caretaking of the cremated body. Placing them in a cemetery setting with a permanent memorial insures not only the safety of the remains, but provides a place to remember the loved one missed by you and others in the family, now and forever.