While many people choose to keep their ashes with them in the home, many more are turning to creating a cremation urn vault on their property and marking it with a memorial rock. As an alternative to the more usual memorials, it offers an opportunity to build a garden of quiet remembrance if you wish, where you can spend time in quiet contemplation in the open air, knowing that your loved one’s remains are safe in their cremation urn vault and not vulnerable to accidental damage. The vaults are designed to protect the container from water and the general elements after all – and can be constructed from a range of materials ranging from plastic and stone to stainless steel and fiberglass.
Depending on your tastes, your memorial rock can vary from a simple marker or engraved flagstone through to something that might better be described as statuary. There’s no requirement for the memorial rock to be in the tradition of any particular religion either. For some this is of great appeal, particularly if they had no great faith or were adherents of a belief system that prefers a more nature-based memorial.
You don’t even need to have the cremation urn vault buried beneath the memorial, though many do choose that option. The best are airtight as well as watertight, ensuring the protection of the ashes and the extra rigidity will protect the urn itself from the weight of any memorial on or nearby it. Even if you are having your loved ones ashes interred in a public cemetery, you may find that the cemetery insists on a vault due to the increased use of heavy equipment, in which case we can advise on a range of materials and styles that will be suitable for different types of soil.