When cremation is chosen, many believe that memorialization is not necessary. Why is that? Many would say that since there’s no grave, there’s no need for a grave marker. This is where we get a little bit into the terminology and history of the monument industry.
Originally, grave markers were just that…a means to mark the grave. For many regions, a grave marker was merely a historical record. As times changed, so did record keeping and thusly people’s desires for how the grave marker should look. This simple historical record was transformed into a monument, which in latin translates to “to remind”. People wanted a place to go to remember someone. And you can have that too, whether the body is buried somewhere or cremated. Most cemeteries have regulations as far as burying cremains in that they have to be placed in an outer burial container or "urn vault", much as they do in a full burial. This is where the above ground columbariums and niches come in. The advantage for the customer is that in many cases you only need to purchase one lot to inter numerous people in an above ground columbarium, as opposed to one lot per person in a traditional burial.
There are many ways in which you can combine the choice of cremation with memorialization. More and more monument designers are challenged to design functional, unique grave markers and headstones to individuals who have been cremated - a monument not necessarily set in a cemetery. Whether it is a granite bench at a golf course, a sculpture in a park or a rustic boulder by a river or a lake, unique cremation memorials can fulfill your desire to remember.