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Memorialization Ideas

Creating meaningful mementos and traditions to do as a family are all great ways to honor your loved one and feel close to them. These mementos and traditions can be passed down in your family from generation to generation, that way your loved one’s story lives on forever. If you want any assistance, suggestions, or want to learn about the memorial products we offer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff.

 


 

Mementos

Mementos can be anything from a simple memorial craft to a more intricate tribute — both are just as special. You don’t have to be an avid crafter to make a memorial item to pay tribute to your loved one. The meaning by the memento is what truly matters, creating something to bring you comfort during your grief and celebrate their life story.

Below are a few mementos that you can make in tribute to your loved one:

  • Decorate a memorial frame to place your loved one’s photo in.
  • Make a scrapbook of your loved one’s trips, holidays, and other significant life events.
  • Print your favorite photos of your loved one to place inside a photo album.
  • Use their clothing to make a memorial blanket or memory teddy bear.
  • Start a journal for expressing grief, sharing memories, or telling your loved one about your life.



Traditions

In addition to memorial items, you can gather your family members and friends of the deceased to start a meaningful tradition to honor your loved one’s memory. Or you also can create your own personal tradition to honor and remember your loved one by.

Below are a few memorial tradition ideas to get you started:

  • Visit your loved one’s gravesite, ash scattering location, or a memorial location to leave flowers, talk out loud to them, or sit and think about them.
  • Cook your loved one’s favorite food or famous recipe. You can invite your family and friends over for a meal to share memories of your loved one.
  • Plan a trip to your loved one’s favorite places or visit a place that they always wanted to go see.
  • Honor them at holiday gatherings by making a toast, leaving an empty chair open, or another meaningful gesture.
  • Spend time doing something that they loved, whether that was gardening or watching movies.



Monument Materials

Physical monuments can be created using a number of different materials. Our monument provider offers several different colors of granite grave markers and headstones, as well as cast bronze options. Granite memorials can be configured in a number of different shapes (described below), while bronze markers typically lie flush with the burial ground. Both materials can be used to create monuments at a wide variety of price points to suit your family’s needs.



Monument Configurations

We offer a number of different monument styles, giving you the opportunity to commemorate your loved one’s life in whatever way feels most appropriate to you. Use the following configuration descriptions as a starting place for the memorial planning process:

  • Upright Monuments
    Upright monuments include a vertical top portion (known as the “die”) and a horizontal mounting piece (referred to as the “base”). Upright monuments may be designed as both single and double memorials.
  • Flat or Flush Marker
    Flat markers can be constructed of either granite or bronze and lie flat at the head of the grave site. Flat markers are typically 3-4” thick and can be created in either single or double widths.
  • Bevel Marker
    A bevel marker includes a flat surface that is raised above the burial plot with a slight bevel from front to back. Both individual and companion monuments are available in this configuration.
  • Slant Marker
    Slant markers include a front panel that is slanted away from the burial site, with the rear edge raised higher than the front. The front panels on these markers can be flat, oval or serpentine in shape and can include burial information for one or two plots.
  • Specialty Monuments
    Our monument provider is capable of creating benches, crosses or other specialty memorials according to your specifications. Please note that your choice of final resting place may dictate the types of monuments that may be used. Contact our office for more information on your chosen grave site or final resting place.



Monument Ornamentation

Once you have selected your monument materials and configuration, a number of different ornamentation options exist to allow you to personalize your memorial. Please note that the size and style of your chosen monument may limit the amount of ornamentation you are able to include. Contact our office for more information on the following options:

  • Ornamental Carving
    Our monument provider offers more than 300 images and themes that can be carved into your memorial, either by hand or with the use of a sand-blaster. These images include religious symbols, flowers, birds, sports iconography, frames and more.
  • Ornamental Etching
    Offering both hand and laser etching allows our monument provider to create finely-detailed drawings that are etched into the finish of your chosen memorial. We are able to offer a wide selection of different etched images or transfer any drawing you provide to your monument.
  • Ornamental Lettering
    Any words to be included on your monument (including the name of the deceased, life dates, quotes, scripture verses and more) can be stylized using a number of different fonts and carving techniques. Contact our office for a full list of all available options.


We understand that the process of selecting a permanent monument for your loved one can feel overwhelming. Our office is here to assist you in any way possible with your final decision. If there is anything we can do to support you during this time, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Boeke Funeral Homes - Hubbard
Phone: (641) 864-2215
501 E. Maple St., Hubbard, IA 50122

Boeke Funeral Homes - Radcliffe
Phone: (515) 899-2161
201 E. Minnie St., Radcliffe, IA 50230


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