‘Til Death Do Us Partand Then What?
If you have experienced the passing of a loved one, you know how important it is to allow family and friends to remember them at their best. This time is difficult for everyone involved, especially the close family and friends of the person who has passed. In these situations, preserving memories and showing support is essential, and should be done with great care.
Financially, this event can put a heavy weight on the shoulders of those affected, a weight that even the best sympathy gifts cannot lift. According to the National Funeral Directors Association,the average cost of a memorial service with viewing of the body and cremation is about $3,100. Money can’t buy everything, but it can ensure a beautiful service and keepsakes that honor and reflect the person who has passed. However, all of these rituals and mourning practices that we are accustomed to today would not be possible without the actions of people from the past. Though they are gone now, it is important that in the contemporary world, people take notice of how rituals have been handed down from the past.
In the Victorian Era, mourning jewelry was widely popular, and consisted of pieces like ash necklaces, ash pendants, cremation bracelets, and other keepsakes that held small amounts of matter from a cremation. In this way, people who were in mourning were allowed to keep a small memento of the person who passed close to them at all times. These were considered some of the best sympathy gifts, and were a form of comfort for the people affected by the passing. Today, it’s possible to purchase these items from memorial sites and stores, and the sentiment remains the same. It truly is amazing that a tradition started as far back as the Victorian Era is still practiced today.
Going even further back, cremation has been in practice since before the dawn of the Roman Empire. By the time of the Roman Empire, cremation was widely practiced, with ashes being displayed in elaborate urns in homes or in mausoleums. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of evidence to support the assumption that the scattering of ashes was a popular practice, but we can assume that it was more common among the people who couldn’t afford the elaborate urns seen in museums today.
Although the traditions have spanned centuries, they have been changed over time. For example, in addition to affordable cremation urns, there are also biodegradable cremation urns. The best sympathy gifts don’t have to be jewelry or cards, though. In some cases, seeds can be put into the biodegradable urn and in time, the urn with degrade and a tree will grow from the burial site. While acknowledging tradition is important, it is also important to embrace the changes that have occurred.