Once the funeral service is over, it is time to consider the type of memorial and the place you would like for your loved one to be memorialised. You may also be coping with grief, or know someone who is grieving. We share online grief resources and can arrange workshops on the topic.
A memorial in a memorial park or garden offers a physical place to visit and remember a loved one. A place where memories can last. Memorials can be purchased ahead of time so that you have a specific place ready when the time comes. This is an especially good idea if you want to make sure the memorial is next to other members of the family.
Planning ahead and preparing a place where you and your family can always be together can provide a sense of comfort and permanency.
Memorials can provide comfort on significant dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and public holidays. They also provide a historical and genealogical record for your ancestry that helps future generations understand their heritage.
Cremations have become increasingly popular in Australia, with more and more families choosing to scatter the ashes of their loved ones.
However, choosing the right location is important as a lasting memory in the future.
You should consider if the place you scatter the ashes in will always be there in it's current form, and whether you will need a permit to scatter the ashes depending on which place you have in mind.
The grieving process takes time and healing usually happens gradually. Feelings of loss and sadness may never go away, but with time the grief will lighten.
It's normal for a person to experience a wide range of physical and emotional responses. It's important to remember that everyone deals with death and loss very differently.
We recommend the grief resources can found at MyGriefAssist.
The headstone usually marks a place of reflection, thought and mourning for those who were close to the deceased. Small tokens of remembrance and appreciation are often left at the headstone – including flowers and small trinkets.
Headstones are commonly made from materials such as limestone, sandstone, bronze, wood, concrete, granite or marble and can be designed to sit upright, flat or kerbed. They can be directly inscribed with text, or text can be written on a headstone plaque.