Memorial cemetery gifts

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Memorial cemetery gifts
Choose a cemetery memorial gift for someone grieving a death. (cemetery image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

Grieving a loved one can be the most difficult thing a person faces. While many people bring food and help take care of other needs for the friends and family a deceased person leaves behind, it is also a nice idea to give a gift that will help mark his grave in the cemetery. There are several options that you can choose from that would be perfect for a cemetery memorial marker.

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Flower Pot

Work with the deceased's family to choose two flower pots made from granite or other durable material that can flank the gravestone. Many people like to leave flowers on a person's grave, and flower pots make this easier to do. You can choose small, simple flower pots, or larger custom-made pots. For example, have the pots engraved with a religious scripture, phrase or something else that was meaningful for the deceased person. Next, plant seasonal flowers in each flower pot. Choose something that does not require too much upkeep and fits with the amount of sun or shade that the grave receives.

Landscaping

While cemeteries provide basic landscaping such as grass cutting and edging, the family might appreciate the grave receiving a bit more attention. So hire a local landscaper to visit the grave every other week for an established period of time to take care of the flowers that are placed there and make sure everything is in order. If space allows and the cemetery administrators agree, the landscaper could even plant a small flower garden to help decorate the grave.

Bench

The plot sizes in some cemeteries might be too small for this, but in others, there is plenty of room. When the plot is too small, get permission from the cemetery authorities to place a bench nearby, such as under a tree. The family and friends can sit and reflect on the life of the person they have lost when they go to visit his grave. Choose a stone or wooden bench and have it personalised. For a stone bench, have the deceased person's name, birth date and death date engraved. If the bench is wooden, have a metal plate engraved and attach it to the bench.

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