Lasting Bereavement Memorial Ideas

  • By Lisa Annis
  • 15 Sep, 2017

From Forget-Me-Knots To Solid Oaks 

Funeral trends have certainly changed over the last decade, with many shorter viewings, more people opting for cremation, and a boom in celebration of life ceremonies. When it comes to ways to honour and cherish the life of a loved one, memorial gardens and trees are a beautiful and lasting reminder in the many months and years to come.
From spring buds…to beautiful summer blooms…to the falling leaves…and winter rest – all for the growth cycle to begin anew, nothing better represents the cycle of life than a growing tree! Wondering what kind of tree to plant? Are there certain trees that you like or perhaps ones that your loved one enjoyed?
Did You Know?:

  • Oak trees represent strength
  • Willow trees represent release and a new start
  • Cypress trees represent endings
  • Yew trees symbolize immortality
Similar to planting a tree, another way to respect the life of a loved one is through a memorial garden. Doesn’t matter how green your thumb is, it can be as simple or elaborate as you like! Whether a few flowers on your porch or a full-blow garden, tending to living plants can be truly healing.

  • What type of flowers might you like in your garden?
  • Were there favorite flowers of your loved one?
  • Perhaps there were some green plants you received at the funeral that you want to tend too?
Some of the symbolic messages of flowers include:

  • Forget-Me-Knots: True Love
  • Tulips: Love
  • Bellflowers: Gratitude
  • Sunflowers: Adoration
  • Peace Lily: Peace and Healing
At ABC, we want you to take comfort in finding the right type of memorial to pay tribute to a life well lived and we’re always here to help. Whether you’re looking for more affordable and practical pre-arrangement options, jewellery, cremation or burial containers, transfer services, or general assistance, please take the time to browse our website or contact us today!

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By Lisa Annis 15 Sep, 2017
Funeral trends have certainly changed over the last decade, with many shorter viewings, more people opting for cremation, and a boom in celebration of life ceremonies. When it comes to ways to honour and cherish the life of a loved one, memorial gardens and trees are a beautiful and lasting reminder in the many months and years to come.
By Lisa Annis 20 Jul, 2017
Today, the ability of animals to provide comfort to humans in times of grave illness or grief is recognized by medical professionals, therapists, and hospice workers around the world. People who are facing death or mourning the loss of a loved one are often calmed and reassured by the loving companionship of a pet.
By Lisa Annis 14 Jun, 2017
Over recent years there has been more and more fascinating and unexpected ways to memorialize loved ones who have passed. Recently at ABC, we had a special request from a client to send their loved one’s ashes to Switzerland where they will compress and super-heat the cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn, cherished, and passed on for generations!
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