In our fast-paced society, people aren’t given enough time to grieve their losses. The pressures of work, even the simple emotional need to ‘be busy,’ often bring the bereaved back into the ‘real’ world far too soon.
Also, many families are choosing to scatter the cremated remains of their loved one in a favorite place; the ocean, or even in the skies above. While that may seem fitting at the time, it means that you do not have a consistent place to connect with the memories of the person you loved so dearly. Today’s favorite spot could be a road or shopping mall tomorrow. A cemetery is the only place to assure a long term resting place.
Having such permanent place—in a cemetery, mausoleum, or cremation garden—that can be visited regularly by family and friends is an essential part of the time following a death. It becomes a focal point of memorialization, and gives everyone a special place to go to remember your loved one, or to commemorate important occasions. It can help to make a birthday or anniversary less painful.
A permanent place to reflect on your loved one becomes a way of connecting to a family’s past. A permanent resting place may provide families an anchor to their personal history. It is a connection to the past, to love shared. It truly honors the relationship you still have—and will always have—with that person.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
Most people assume that the only option is taking the cremated remains home with them to keep. If they are taken home the realization is that, in most cases, they are placed in a closet or in a place where they are quickly forgotten. There are actually many options and Cremation Society of NM along with Sunset Memorial Park can help your family make those choices.
Cremated remains can be buried on the cemetery grounds with views of the Sandia’s, placed in a columbarium niche in our Centennial Urn Garden, or scattered in the Rose Garden. Our cemetery has a program where if you are unsure of what to do we allow the cremated remains to be placed in our cemetery for a period of up to one year and we will refund the money spent if you choose to place your loved one somewhere else. Our staff at Sunset Memorial Park can better assist you in exploring the many options available to you.
Visit with your cremation specialist at (505) 323-9000 or call Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery at (505) 345-3536 to discuss options and prices.
Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE