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What is Memorialization?
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Memorialization means more than just buying and installing a memorial on a person’s grave. Memorialization is the acknowledgement and commemoration of a life lived. In fact, the word ‘memorial’ derives from the Latin ‘memos’ which means ‘mindful’. So a memorial helps remind us of the deceased, and keeps their memory alive in our hearts.
A personalized memorial plaque, a living tree, a marble bench, a stained glass window or a religious icon in a mausoleum are some of the physical ways to memorialize a loved one. For example, many Arbor Memorial locations feature Nature Walks, which offer unique options for memorialization in a natural and peaceful setting.
Many families find that having a permanent place to remember their loved ones fills an important need in the healing process. The memorial provides a place and a way for family and friends to reminisce and honour their loved one forever. Memorials can also serve to connect generations. Children can learn about their family history by visiting the resting place of grandparents or great-grandparents.
Memorialization is our way of honouring a cherished family member or friend. It is a tribute to the memory of a loved one.