Memorialising the loss of a loved one from your family is a difficult process. You want to make an appropriate gift not just because of your feelings for the person who has passed but because this is the final act of gift giving you will have for this family member. Fortunately, there are standard memorial gifts available from which you can choose.
Memorial gifts of flowers are traditional in many religions and cultures. When choosing a memorial gift of flowers specifically for a grave site, make sure to choose a florist who specialises in funeral arrangements. A gift of flowers for a grave is more often given as a temporary arrangement meant to remain for a short time or for a particular occasion, such as mother's day or a religious holiday. The florist can make a designation on the gift using the word "aunt" to make the gift personal. Other memorial gifts of flowers for a grave can be potted for a more permanent display, depending on the climate in the area and the rules of the memorial park.
A Photograph for the Marker
Manufacturers of grave stones and markers can add personalisation to a grave. You can have a photograph of your aunt embedded in to the grave marker. This kind of memorial gift often helps a family remember the person's face when visiting the grave. You can choose a photograph of your aunt of your own liking from any time during her life. If you choose to add a photograph to the grave marker, be sure to make a copy of the photograph. If you give the original to the memorial company, you will not get it back.
Many memorial parks offer a regular service to families by placing wreaths at the grave site. Most often these wreaths are placed at the grave around Christmas time, but some parks offer to place wreaths year round or at other holidays, such Memorial Day and Mother's Day. You can choose a card or band to go around the wreath that designates your aunt's name, a line from a favourite prayer, or a statement of your feelings such as "I'll miss you always" or "I will always remember you."
If there are no other immediate family members to purchase a grave marker or monument for your aunt, you could offer to purchase the grave memorial marker or head stone. The memorial park or cemetery will gladly give you information on memorial companies. When choosing the memorial marker for your aunt you can completely personalise it. You will be able to choose the kind of stone, the size of it, and what words will go on the stone for the permanent remembrance of your aunt.
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