Why A Final Resting Place?
For many of us, we cannot really let go until and unless we feel that the deceased has been appropriately honored. To do this is also said to be a very healthy part of the grieving process. To memorialize, according to the dictionary definition, means to record lastingly with a monument. And pondering that definition brings up an intriguing question. Why do we memorialize things and people? The answer to that question, undoubtedly, may seem self-evident to many people. Essentially it is just simple common sense that all of humanity has an innate desire, even emotional need; to stay connected with itself through the ages. 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.
No one would likely argue that it is every mans natural right to be memorialized even if the structure is just a simple, but very special, gravestone. With a permanent placement, future generations will have a physical place for visitation, reflection, or a place to research their family history.
We at Rosedale Valley Memorial Gardens believe that establishing an immediate final resting place is important for all loved ones. Many people think of cremation as final disposition, not realizing that cremated remains will be returned to them – and a plan for a final resting place is needed. Scattering a loved one’s cremated remains has become a romanticized idea, but many don’t consider its finality. In our experience, we find that families are often remorseful years later when they realize they don’t have anywhere to visit or commemorate their loved one. Scattering also limits the ability for others to feel connected with their friend or loved one, and there is no record of burial.