To want to be remembered and to want to remember is, it seems, as natural a part of being human as are eating, drinking and sleeping.
The loss of something or someone close to us whether it be a wife, husband, partner, sibling, friend or even a pet can have a devastating effect on us. It is a proven fact that those left behind after the loss of a loved one need the comfort of somewhere to visit; to lay a flower or a card; to cry or to sit and remember a loved one quietly. A monument gives loved ones a point of focus to help in this grieving process. A monument becomes a part of the family's history and a token of courtesy and respect for the life of someone who was loved.
Grief experts tell us that it is very important to establish a permanent memorial regardless of the means of disposition of the body. This holds true for those who choose cremation and scattering. The word "memorial" means "something intended to honor the memory of a person or event". Memorialization, a feature of human behavior since pre-historic times, is the act of honoring and remembering the lives of those who proceed us in death.
Memorials are for the living - a permanent place to connect emotionally with the loss of those we love. They provide an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to those we have lost. And to make a statement about the impact they have had on us, our family and our community.