A memorial is a place to commemorate a life. As time passes, the significance of key dates (anniversaries, birthdays, religious days) grows, and so too does the symbolic importance of a memorial.
Our memorials showcase the area’s peaceful natural beauty and identity. Our environment reflects what is cherished by those who live or have lived locally, and this is something we strive to maintain. All our memorials are eternally maintained.
We offer a range of memorial options ranging from a simple rose garden to a heritage estate. Our memorials can be tailored to suit the individual or can reflect cultural and religious integrity.
Knowing that such a permanent memorial exists can take some of the permanence out of losing a loved one and, accordingly, ease the suffering of grieving family members.
Brendan Moar, Landscape Gardener and Television Presenter, discusses the importance of memorials and the options available to you.
When someone you love passes away, having to make a lot of decisions often in a very short time frame can feel overwhelming. These days many Australian families are choosing cremation over burial, and in films and literature ashes are often scattered to the four winds, which seems like the normal thing to do. But the reality of the situation is a little different. Most families choose a permanent memorial for their loved one. A place to visit, a place to remember, a place to grieve. Today's parks and bushlands, however special to your loved one, may not be around in the long term. That beautiful quiet location could be redeveloped as a busy shopping centre or a private housing estate. Remember also, you may not always be living in the same home, and when you move you lose access to any memorial you may have created in your own garden. If you keep ashes at home other family members may feel excluded or regret not having a special place to visit. There are also issues of safety and security to consider.
Memorial Parks and Gardens are especially set aside for this purpose, they'll be here forever. Memorials like this are lasting tributes of remembrance to those we love. It provides a permanent secure setting for their life to be commemorated, and a historical and genealogical record for your ancestry for future generations. A memorial can assist in the healing process. Family members are often pleasantly surprised how many friends and colleagues attend the funeral of their loved one, and later choose to visit the memorial. It provides a physical place where family and friends can gather to celebrate a life, mourn their loss or simply remember. As time passes, the significance of key dates grows – birthdays, anniversaries – and initially some families choose to have their loved ones ashes at home, but later realise the value of a permanent memorial that everyone can visit.
Alternatively, you can scatter a portion somewhere that holds special meaning and lay the remainder to rest in a memorial, or even create a memorial without ashes. Now some families find it very comforting to visit the memorial of a parent or a grandparent on Mother's or Father's Day. Special services in the gardens' chapels are often held on these occasions, and everyone is welcome to attend.
From a traditional wall niche, to an elegant rose garden, memorials can be as unique and as individual as you would like them to be. They can also reflect religious and cultural identity. As a garden lover myself, I particularly enjoy the natural feel of a family memorial garden. So, if you've not already made a decision I hope that even in some small way I've helped you appreciate the importance of a memorial and the options available to you.
- Brendan Moar, Landscape Gardener and Television Presenter