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!

ABC Answers

By Lisa Annis 30 Nov, 2017
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a deep and difficult challenge at any time. But the holiday season can magnify your sense of loss and mourning. Family gatherings and seasonal events can be painful reminders of the absence of a loved one. At the same time, they can also be comforting rituals where you spend time with family and friends, focusing on good memories and trying to recapture your sense of joy. If you are mourning a loss of a loved one this year, here are some important things to keep in mind.
By Lisa Annis 31 Oct, 2017

Okay, so the idea of planning your own  funeral arrangements  may give you the creeps. We totally get it. However, planning ahead for your final farewell isn’t just a smart choice—it can also be a fun and fulfilling process that offers you and your loved ones peace of mind.

Here are just a few of the valuable benefits you’ll enjoy when you pre-plan your cremation service

  • It gives you a chance to create the service you want, down to the smallest detail.

Do you want a formal memorial service at your church or a more laid-back celebration at the local park? Do you want a pianist to play your favorite classical pieces or would you rather your friends and family dance the night away to Elvis and The Beatles? This is your chance to spell out exactly what you want—down to the exact hue of the flowers and the flavor of ice cream served at the reception.

  • It allows you to make your wishes known so your family members won’t have to guess.

Do your loved ones know what kind of final service you want? Do they know that you prefer cremation over burial? Do they realize you want your cremains scattered in your favorite fishing spot? If your family isn’t sure about what you want, they may end up arguing over the details when the time comes. By putting your precise wishes in writing now, you’ll guarantee this won’t happen.

  • It removes stress and emotional burden from those you love most.

Over the years, we’ve seen far too many families struggle to pull together a last-minute funeral—and it’s never pretty. Don’t leave your loved ones to hastily plan your final arrangements during such a painful time. By planning ahead, you will free your loved ones from this heavy burden so they can focus on what’s most important: remembering, reflecting and healing.

  • It locks you into today’s prices and saves your family money.

It’s no secret that funeral costs continue to rise year after year, right along with inflation. When you pre-fund your final arrangements, it allows you to freeze all costs at today’s prices and enjoy significant savings. By pre-planning and paying ahead for your cremation, you’ll take comfort knowing your loved ones won’t struggle to pay the potentially exorbitant cost when the time comes.

As you can see, planning ahead isn’t just something you do for yourself—it’s also something you do for the people you love. Ready to discover the ultimate peace of mind? Plan your cremation in advance with the friendly and professional staff at ABC. Need assistance? Contact us today! You can even download a FREE copy of your Funeral Will form here .


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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