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Memorial Day is but one of a number of yearly occasions that people set aside to honor the memory of loved ones. Although it may not be apparent to us all, there is good reason behind the long-honored tradition of setting aside time to visit the final resting place of family and close friends. And this begins by first establishing an easily accessible and permanent location at which to do this.

Professionals in the field of psychology are aware of the importance of establishing a permanent memorial site for those who have passed on, be it a traditional burial site, a columbarium in which ashes are stored, or even a garden in a local cemetery where ashes have been spread.

For one, it provides a focal point for our grief, without which the trauma of bereavement may be prolonged to an extraordinary and potentially damaging degree. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for their mortal remains, and fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.

There is a somewhat common misconception about cremation that suggests this practice is not conducive to such a permanent memorial, or that it limits one’s choices. However, both are far from the truth. Cremation allows for many memorialization options, and as it gains in popularity new doors are opened to those who chose this route.

Those who say– whether in jest or seriously – “Just cremate me and throw my ashes to the wind” – probably don’t realize the burden this places on family members. As well, they may not know of the many options available for memorializing those ashes.

Cremation has certainly gained in acceptance and popularity in recent decades. Since 1973, the number of cremations in North America has more than tripled. Countries such as Japan (97%), Great Britain (70%) and Scandinavia (over 65%) continue to see it as a more desirable alternative to traditional burial. These days it has, become a perfectly acceptable option for some faiths that traditionally disallowed it.

With the practice’s burgeoning popularity, there are a growing number of available choices for where to place cremated remains and to establish a memorial location. A niche in a columbarium is one of the more traditional options. Another is in the burial site of a loved one, even if they have not chosen cremation themselves. It means that you will be close to them for all of eternity.

The point is, cremation does allow one to establish and even personalize a permanent memorial – a focal point not only for present-day survivors, but for future generations. And memorialization in a cemetery is a logical choice.

While there is something undeniably poetic about having one’s ashes strewn across a favorite pond or tract of wilderness, there may be inherent problems in choosing such a place as a memorial site. First of all, while this may be legally done in many areas, one must think hard about what this means to their descendants. Should they care to visit the site; can they do so easily, conveniently, without a great expenditure of time and or money? Can they do this whenever they care to or, more importantly, feel a need to? And while this site may be accessible to them now, can you rest assured that it will not be developed for other uses at some future time, or closed to the public?

Memorialization at a site dedicated specifically for that purpose helps ensure that you are always there for your loved ones. It is, in every way, the best way to ensure that those who chose cremation will endure in memory, and with dignity.

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