Memorial headstones have long been the most common way to permanently memorialise individuals resting places. Grave stones have been around for literally thousands of years. In the past large piles of rocks were used and superstitious people thought that these stones would prevent the dead from rising. Over the years these have evolved to one large rock which a grave marker would engrave information about the deceased.
The first memorials date back to the Civil War in the nineteenth and early twentieth century throughout Europe and North America. A a number of monuments were created to keep the memories alive of those that were lost in war. They were place in sites which held a common memory and many were soldiers who traditionally lost their lives in battle. These heroic figures became the symbols of rights and liberties. With the constuction of monuments it gave people a visual memory of what happened and they represented a connection to the importance of the past.
Many elaborate memorial gravestones were sculptured from white marble. Often sculptural angels, cherubs and ornate crosses were used personalised with inscriptions or epitaphs and quite often of a religious nature.
Today with the increasing popularity of cremation, headstones are still being used to mark the resting place of remains.
Grave markers were originally created using mediums as granite and marble. Wood was used but due to its deterioration rate they didn’t really catch on. Sandstone was also another medium used but today they are generally made out of granite or bronze or even a combination of the two.
With the development of laser engraving you can now have a photograph engraved on a headstone or plaque. In fact just about anything can be displayed in stone using high quality digital resolution if money is not a problem.
These days grave yards are running out of space which has pushed up the prices to reserve plots for loved ones. This and other financial issues have made many people look for different and more affordable ways to memorialise a loved one. Many people choose to plant a tree or have a star named after their lost loved one. Having one of our memorial benches placed in a public place or private garden is also a popular choice. With the internet there are several websites which allow you to have a page about the deceased which can include videos, images and voice recordings. Some are absolutely free which is great for those on a really tight budget.
There are also many things you can do with the ashes of a loved one. Many artists and sculptors will add ashes to create a beautiful unique piece which you can treasure forever. Even adding ashes to diamonds to create a ring or necklace is possible these days. If you can imagine it, then it is probably possible.
Dealing with a loss of a loved one is difficult for everyone, this is why it is important to create a memorial which brings you peace of mind. Focusing your energy on a memorial may help you through the grief process and it will also allow you to focus on the more unique and positive aspects of your lost loved one’s life.
If you would like to have a piece of furniture created especially to commemorate a loved one, why not give us a call. Our memorial benches are all maintenance free so once placed in the position of your choice, you have nothing left to worry about. They do not cost anywhere near as much as a grace headstone and you can place them wherever you choose. If you want the bench placed somewhere public you will have to gain permission. But having one in your own back garden is not a problem and a great idea. Whenever you want to remember your loved one you can take some time, sit down and reminisce in the comfort of your own back garden.