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3 Ways to Honor Your Loved Ones

Celebrating the life of a loved one can come in many forms. Many people choose to have their loved ones cremated so they are able to keep them near and dear forever. Cremation planning helps you find a way to beautifully and uniquely honor your loved one’s and is an amazing way to pay homage and create a meaningful experience. Traditionally, people have been known to leave the ashes in an urn on their mantle or to release the ashes into the wind. But more and more often, people are looking past the traditional ways to honor their cremated loved ones and searching for a new, peaceful way to do so. If you’re looking for a unique ideas, here are 3 ways to honor your loved ones:

Tribute Through Interment Cremation

As cremation has become more common, the interment of ashes has grown into a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one. Interment means that you’ll bury or entomb your loved one’s cremated remains. Choosing interment cremation also provides the opportunity for common funeral traditions and readings to also take place during a memorial service.

The urn you choose is as unique as the loved one you are honoring. Gerst offers a variety of options including metal, granite, and marble that you can choose from during the cremation planning process. 

Our team is present and available to walk your family through all of the options for interment. Call today to learn more.

Create a Memorial Flower Garden

Memorial GardenOne of the most beautiful options to honor a loved one is through a Memorial Flower Garden. This can be created in many forms. Some choose to dedicate a bench to their loved one or others choose to bury ashes amongst a bed of flowers. A memorial flower garden can represent new growth and new life. So, every flower that blooms will be in honor of your loved one.

Not only will your flower garden be a constant honor and reminder of their life, it also allows for a more private and intimate setting to visit and reminisce. No matter where your memorial garden is planted, there will always be a reminder of the beautiful life your loved one lived.

Gerst can help answer questions about how to create your perfect memorial garden. Contact us today to learn more. 

Memorialize Them As Beautiful Jewelry

Personal Expressions JewelryMemorial jewelry, also known as keepsake jewelry, has grown in popularity in recent years, and for great reason. Having a customized piece of jewelry created is a way to honor a loved one and pass that honor on from generation to generation.

When you consider this option during your cremation planning, there are many jewelry possibilities that can be used as a memorial. Personal Expressions has a variety of options from cremation jewelry to picture engraved necklaces ensuring that you can create the perfect piece to capture memories for a lifetime.

When you do this, you are able to create ‘beauty from the ashes’ and hold your loved one’s close wherever you go. Adorn yourself with the memories of your loved one through Personal Expressions Jewelry.

Saying Goodbye

There is a well-known phrase from Isaiah 61 that says, “beauty from ashes”. This phrase can be translated in many ways, but at the core, it indicates that beauty can and will arise.

It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you love, but through funeral planning and cremation planning, you can choose to honor them in the most unique and personal ways. Gerst Funeral Homes is here to help assist and walk alongside you and your family throughout this season.

Gerst Funeral Homes has a variety of guides to help you through different grieving scenarios. Visit and download those resources below!