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The Importance of Remembrance
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The desire to be remembered is part of what makes us human. It’s the age-old reason why we carve our initials in trees or place our hands in cement. We want to leave a mark. We want to be remembered.
We also want to remember those we’ve loved and lost. It’s not only for them, but also as importantly for ourselves - to mend, to heal, to live, and never to forget.
A funeral or cremation memorial service is a way to say goodbye to a loved one, and can help families and friends move from grieving to remembrance. Permanent monuments further provide a place and a way for families to reminisce and honour their loved one forever.
Here are some of the many reasons why remembrance is important:
- To acknowledge the reality of death
- To acknowledge the emotions associated with the death
- To acknowledge that the relationship with the person who died has shifted from physical presence to memory
- To acknowledge changes in personal self-identity
- To ponder and search for new meaning in life
- To receive the loving support of remaining family and friends
Sadness at the loss of a loved one may never entirely go away, but remembrance lives on.