Guidance on Headstones and Grave Markers for the Cemetery which Hold Cremation Ashes
Cremation has been a part of our memorial history, collectively, for many centuries. Since the earliest documented years of human history, cremation has been utilized as a form of disposition for the human body by many ancient civilizations. However, that is not to say that this process has always been widely accepted. In fact, for a large part of our history, most notably in the Catholic religion in the beginning of the Middle Ages, rules were set against cremation with the idea that is was a Pagan ritual, or even that it denied God's ability to resurrect the body. Many generations passed before cremation was finally accepted on a whole, but once it did, it was not long before it became a commonly practiced form of disposition around the world.
Today, as cremation has become more and more popular, there are a variety of ways to memorialize the memory and honor the earthly essence of a loved one. While many who elect for cremation either keep or scatter the cremation ashes, those who wish for a traditional memorial service may be surprised to find the variety of options for incorporating the cremation with classic funerary practices. One of the most noted innovations is the that of the cremation headstone.
Cremation headstones offer the same distinct appearance as upright headstones, but feature a compartment that will hold a set, or more, of cremation ashes. These memorials are crafted from granite, a natural, igneous rock that provides a wide selection of gorgeous colors to choose from. Granite is very popular, especially for memorial use, not only for the colors it is available in, but for the overall durability of the stone. The granite stone is quarried, and cut down to the basic shape of the marker selected, and cored to accept the set or sets of ashes. Once the basic shape is accomplished, the sides are finished by either rock-pitching or buffing and sanding, and the surface that is to hold the information is prepared for the personalization. There are a wide variety of design options to select from, which range from a simple yet family memorial, to a beautifully rustic stone that features a natural shape and a bronze plaque for the personal information, just to name a couple. Due to the unique nature of these wonderful tributes, we verify with the cemetery that the memorial ordered will abide by their regulations before making the memorial. There are a wide variety of personalization options to help ensure the memorial created will honor and protect the essence and memory of the departed.
Regardless of the reason why a family opted to have a loved one cremated, the question of how to handle, or honor the loved one's ashes is always one that raises many eyebrows, and troubles many hearts. For those who prefer to have the cremation ashes interred, but are still looking for a traditional, yet distinct final remembrance, a cremation headstone could be a wonderful option to consider.
The cremation markers, headstones and pillars offer families who have chosen cremation as the form a disposition a new way of honoring their loved one. These memorials are designed to accept the cremation ashes in a special compartment, or niche, but have the exterior look of a traditional monument. These memorials are also excellent for those who wish to create a family monuments, as the many of these markers are able to house multiple sets of cremated remains. There are also cemetery benches that are made to accept cremated remains for an even more discreet tribute.