Amazing Ways to Memorialize Your Loved One

Creating a memorial to a loved one who has died is an important process. It can be simple or elaborate, and often it is a beautiful, meaningful work of art. The most important thing a memorial can do is to tell the story of the life that was lived, creating a touchpoint for future generations to reflect and remember.  

Long ago, people piled stones atop a gravesite to mark a person’s passing. Today, there are many types of memorials from which to choose.  

  • Cremation island: Set apart from the cemetery with distinctive landscaping, a personalized cremation island tells your loved one’s story through statuary, plaques and more. It’s a beautiful and distinctive way to honor a life well lived, and provides an ideal space to visit and remember. 
  • Benches: Memorial benches offer a space to rest as well as to reflect, and can be made to hold several urns. Personalized to fit your loved one’s style, the bench can be engraved with inscriptions and designed to reflect that person’s occupation, hobbies or interests. Benches are typically made of granite, come in different colors, and are set on a foundation of concrete so that they remain level over time.  
  • Monubenches: More personalized than a bench memorial, monubenches come in a variety of unique styles, shapes, and sizes. Imagine a bench with the back carved into a fish to memorialize an avid fisherman, or half the bench shaped into a majestic stag to memorialize a hunter. A monubench can be designed as a checkers game or a rocking chair, a cask of wine for a wine enthusiast, or an airplane for a pilot. The design is limited only by your imagination.  
  • Busts: Busts are statues depicting the people they honor, whether in a formal pose or captured doing something they loved.  
  • Flat memorials: Understated and elegant or ornate and personalized, flat memorials are a timeless option for memorializing a loved one. Typically made of granite, they can also feature a nameplate of bronze, steel or anodized aluminum, and can incorporate full-color photos or sketches. 
  • Pedestal: A pedestal can feature a statue of something the person loved, or it can be something functional such as a bird bath.  
  • Pedestal bench: By merging two memorial options — a bench and a pedestal — there is a place to sit as well as a focal point that reflects the life of the person you’re remembering.  
  • Private cremation estate: This is like a miniature mausoleum —perfect for those who want a special place for families to be together forever.  
  • Upright monuments: Large and decorative, these can be large headstones or statuary representing the life they’re commemorating.  
  • Posts: Simple and beautiful, a post is perfect for someone who was understated in life and preferred simple pleasures.  

At Mountain View, we believe memorialization is an important part of celebrating the life of a loved one. That’s why we’re proud to offer a wide variety of personalized memorials to honor those who choose our property as their final resting place. Call 253.948.9895 to learn more.  

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