A number of people today choose to cremate and have their remains scattered at a site of personal significance. But it is important to also leave some form of memorialization, however simple, in a location such as a cemetery. Why?
First, a memorial in a location such as a cemetery or church provides a place for family and friends to visit in remembrance and to mark a passing. A cemetery is a place to grieve, honor and remember.
Second, memorialization in a cemetery provides a tangible record of a person’s life, and keeps families linked through the generations through markers, records and documents. There are few institutions better equipped to do this than cemeteries, which for thousands of years have been marking lives and keeping records. People frequently “discover” past ancestors through their cemetery searches of family lots.
Register a name, plant a tree …..Commemoration can be done in many ways:
Registration in the Archives
At its simplest, an individual can be registered in the permanent archives of the cemetery. For a very small registration fee, the deceased’s name, dates of birth and death and other basic information will be permanently kept at the cemetery. This ensures that later generations have a starting place as they seek their forbearers.
Marker and Monument “Cenotaphs”
Bellefontaine has many “Cenotaphs” in the cemetery – memorials placed with no interment. Some are on family lots, some on smaller sites.
Wildwood Gardens – Coming Soon
In Spring of 2013, Bellefontaine is building out Phase I of its Wildwood Gardens, set between Cascade and Cypress Lakes. Families can choose burial or cremation options, but may also choose to name gardens, gazebos, arbors, or pavilions in honor of a loved one, whether or not their remains are interred at the cemetery.