Current research tells us that grieving and bereavement have no specific stages and no singular ending. Sometimes we talk about “closure”, but most often this means that we’ve provided our psyche a signal to know that a death has happened, and that now is the time to begin a transition into a new life after loss.
But there’s more beyond closure, current research suggests that after death, many of us will enter into an ongoing “dialog” with the person we remember and the memories that personality continues to invoke.
If grieving is about continuity and connection with someone who has died, then why have we allowed cremation to become so detached, distant and anonymous?
It comes down to the fact that funeral providers have tried very hard to make cremation as un-appealing as possible, so that “consumers” would not choose the option in the first place. Of course this kind of commercial brinksmanship has backfired. Society knows what it wants and in most parts of the country cremation has become the majority choice.
MemryStones can help families and survivor groups reclaim a sense of connection and peace of mind in the midst of even the simplest cremation. And as the image above makes clear, the simplest of expressions can make all the difference in the world. In this case for the family of “Jack” Lynch whom we cared for recently at our funeral home.
MemryStones are a little thing, but for so many people they are a little thing that matters.
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MemryLane is an outreach of MemryStone, makers of ceramic markers which survivors inscribe with a message and send through the cremation process with someone who has died. The MemryStones return intact as a more personal form of identity confirmation and as a lasting touch-stone for memory. Online purchase options available for family and survivor groups across the country.