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How to Plan an Outdoor Memorial

Many options are available for those who choose to erect a lasting, physical marker to the memory of a loved one. The simple headstone, for instance, can be placed on a grave, and it reports basic information about the deceased. However, some people might choose to raise a more elaborate and personalized marker for their loved ones to better preserve their memory. Headstones also carry certain negative connotations, which might not be desirable in all locations. To that end, a wide variety of outdoor memorials exist to suit the needs of the most exacting consumer.

Memorial plaques are a simple and unobtrusive way of remembering a person. They can be placed in locations where the deceased used to frequent in life, so passers-by may remember a place he used to visit. These plaques tend to be placed in public locations such as parks, and it may be necessary to seek the approval of the relevant authorities before installing them, lest they be seen as a form of vandalism and removed. Some enterprising family members even go so far as to build entire benches (which can be sat on) that remember the deceased. They would not be out of place outside one’s house, and they are a unique way of preserving the memory of one who has passed on.

Memorial markers are more traditional, and at the same time they are the most varied in appearance. Virtually any form of icon can be made into a memorial marker, from animals, to pyramids, to religious symbols, and so on. Most of them are designed to stand alone on the ground, although it is possible to order some markers that are designed to fit onto existing architecture, such as bronze eagles that go on the corners of a wrought-iron gate.

Yet another form of outdoor memorial is the memorial garden. While it requires more effort to tend and maintain, having a memorial garden that lives and grows can say more about a loved one than any construct of metal or stone. There are no particular requirements of guidelines for a memorial garden; they can be as simple as a plot of decorative flowers or as complex as an entire estate of carefully tended topiary sculptures shaped into the things the deceased enjoyed the most in life. The exact kind of memorial garden one plants is limited only by one’s resources and imagination, though if one does choose to plant a memorial garden, one should commit oneself to maintaining it, if only for the sake of the deceased.

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