When it comes to options related to the memorialization of cremated remains, we know that people have many questions. As cremation memorial specialists, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and provide answers below:
Permanent memorialization is a visual symbol through the establishment of markers/monuments or name plaques at a cemetery. It is a time-honored tradition practiced through the centuries. Selecting and establishing a permanent memorial for a family member or loved one not only satisfies an immediate need, but also fulfills the need to preserve our heritage and to provide future generations the opportunity to honor our loved ones.
A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum or chapel, sometimes freestanding, either indoor or outdoor, is constructed of numerous small components (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.
An ossuary is a common receptacle to hold cremated remains. There is no individual interment right and placement of remains is irreversible.
With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremated remains can be interred in a cemetery space (ground memorial, cremation bench, cremation boulder), retained by a family member, or scattered on private property.
Yes. The remains are normally placed in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suitable for placement in a selected area of the home (to serve as a memorial area for remembering). Urns are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Be sure to select an urn that will not break and one that can be sealed, depending on your intended use.
Please consider that while having a place of remembrance at home may seem “permanent,” it is, in fact, not. For the first generation, it may be very meaningful, but for each subsequent generation, it may become more “burdensome.”
Scattering has the potential to be painful for survivors. We encourage open discussions with your family to determine who might be charged with this responsibility. Additionally, if scattering occurs in an undeveloped area, it may be developed in the future or the land use may change, making it difficult for survivors to visit the area. This is also a consideration if you use your own private property and the property has the potential to leave your family ownership. Lastly, once scattered, the remains are not able to be collected back up. Scattering is irreversible.
Yes, but you must scatter on private property with the permission of the property owner.
Having a place to visit provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember and be remembered, are natural human needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. Psychologists say that remembrance practices serve an important emotional function for survivors to help begin the healing process.
A cenotaph is an monument where the body is not present; a memorial erected in honor of a person or group whose physical remains are elsewhere. Cenotaphs have been erected in cemeteries since ancient times–often designed to honor soldiers and civilians lost to war or natural disasters.
Today, cenotaphs commonly serve as a permanent place of remembrance for families that have chosen not to inter the cremated remains of their loved one or for family members who may not live near the burial site for a loved one, but who find value in having a place to visit, remember, and reflect.
The cenotaph at Roselawn is constructed of granite and offers the option to place a bronze memorial plaque or butterfly to honor your loved one.