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Lets Take A Look At Cemetery Monuments.

A monument can be defined as a monolith which lies flat and bears symbols, inscriptions, and sculptures of a commemorative nature. In most cases, monuments can be seen in Chinese architecture and landscapes.

They are usually blocks of massive size with the base shaped like a turtle to symbolize heaven and earth .This is in addition to Chinese dragons which are entwined. The dragons are both male and female and represent the creative union of the yin and the yang. There are also engraved texts.

Grave monuments found at the entrance of tombs have the name and brief biography of the deceased. In temples, religious stelae are in most cases covered in carved motifs to an extent that the text does not appear. It was possible to duplicate engraved texts before books were even invented in order to provide calligraphy models. Unusual engraving done in an unusual manner has a negative appearance with the hollows having a white background.

Within a culture, engraving art can serve many purposes. It can be used during funeral rites to celebrate the lives of the dead. It can happen either as part of worshipping the ancestors or in the facilitation of political aims for ruling a dynasty. The art of engraving also acted as a reminder of man's mortality and as a way to appease the spirits of the dead so that they would not come back and harm the living.

For thousands of years, artistic objects on graves have been used in almost all human cultures. Some of the best remnants of older cultures are tombs or grave art including the Chinese Terracotta Army, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Taj Mahal in India. Tomb art has for a long time been the preserve of powerful social elites and rich folks.

A very important aspect involves the development of art traditions split between what the visitors can see and what is to be buried forever with the dead after the burial ritual is over.

For example, the pyramids of pharaohs were meant to be seen by people in order to show the dead rulers posterity while the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen golden treasure was never intended to be seen after the tomb was sealed.

The same separation can also be seen in East Asian graves. In some other cultures, headstone art was intended to be seen by the public or by those given the responsibility to take care of the grave. However, some grave ornaments could not be seen by the public.

Mausoleums were made to be visited by the living. They had the most magnificent grave monument types. This was mostly the case in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean and later became a very common practice in the Islamic world.

What You Need To Know About Cremation Funeral Services

Cremation Funeral services are held when the deceased had chosen to be cremated. Basically, there are no real differences between cremation and burial services, just the fact that there will be an urn in place of a coffin.

Ideally, cremation services do not have to take place withing a particular time frame, a standard feature with traditional funeral services. This makes it easier for the loved ones since they have more time to prepare for the funeral. However, just like a burial service, cremation memorials need to be prepared with extreme care.

The Time and Place of Memorial Service

Since cremation services can be held just about anywhere, you can choose any place except a funeral home. Cremation is a solemn occasion, but it doesn't have to be made more depressing by holding it at a funeral home.

You have the option of contacting a local church and hold the service. If you are not a member of the church, the minister can allow the service to be conducted at the church out of consideration of the community and in respect for the deceased. If the deceased wasn't a religious individual, you could think of taking the service to a place like a park or even a meeting place.

Memorial Keepsakes

It is a custom that tokens are handed out to the guests who have come to pay their last respects to the deceased and greet the family of the person. Usually, there are funeral programs as well as funeral prayer cards which are tokens of appreciations to those who have taken their time to attend the service.

Memorial bookmarks can also be used in place of prayer cards and programs during the cremation funeral services. Memorial bookmarks complement the programs to commemorate the service of the deceased.

Memorial bookmarks are ideal for these services, and they can be printed with a photo of the deceased along with a favorite or a saying. The other side can be printed with the date of the person's passing as well as the date and location of the service.

Thank You Notes

Some people find it ideal to send out funeral thank you notes to people who took their time to attend the memorial service. As such, you can add memorial bookmarks to such notes instead of handing them out near the end of the service. These notes serve as an extra memorial token to remember the deceased.