CREMATION MEMORIALS

Cremation is a popular and ever increasing method. But it is not the end. The staff at Historic Oakwood Cemetery are here to help you find a meaningful way to memorialize your loved one.

Historic Oakwood Cemetery provides multiple choices for placement of cremated remains. There are niches available in our mausoleum. Interment in a traditional single grave space or family lot is also possible. The cemetery also has Magnolia Walk, a beautiful path through our most historic section that hosts shared obelisks for multiple cremations. Even if you choose alternative methods of disposition, a marker can be placed here for future generations to view with love and respect for those family members that have gone on before.

Why is having a place to visit, even in this transient society, so important? Because it provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural human needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. The Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknowns and Vietnam "Wall" in Washington, D.C are examples of memorialization which demonstrate that, throughout our history, we have always honored our dead. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one's mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.