Memorial Stones - A Living Tribute
By Dave Gorski
What better way to honor a loved one, or cherished
friend than with a living tribute to their memory? The
beautiful growth of a tree creates a lasting testament
to the eternal nature of all that is and all that will
be. A memorial tree plaque is designed to do just that
with grace and dignity. By planting a tree in someones
memory and then adding a plaque to gently explain your
love and devotion allows a symbolic rendition of growth
and harmony with nature.
Much more lasting and elegant than simply placing a
granite or marble marking, the giving nature of a tree
as it offers shade and shelter will long be remembered
and used after stones have crumbled and the weather
combined with time has worn away the etchings of
engraved words. A beautiful, strong sapling usually
costs well below a hundred dollars where as granite or
marble markers usually cost many hundreds of dollars.
An unusual idea for honoring a loved one or dear friend
that is growing in popularity is the donating of a
memorial tree plaque combination to a national park or
even a local civic park. Check out the options in your
area for this wonderful and unusual memorial idea. Many
times public parks or even cemeteries that are new or
newly expanded would love the addition of a beautiful
tree to incorporate into their landscaping designs.
Web sites on the internet can give you some really great
ideas and examples of how other people in your situation
have used memorial tree plaques to create lasting
memorials of loved ones and friends. Never under
estimate the power of nature to heal, comfort and
As you contemplate the use of memorial tree plaques
don't forget about the memories of dear and faithful
pets who gave so freely of their energies as companions.
Many pet cemeteries actually encourage the use of trees
and living plants in the place of stone markers. Ideal
for pet memorials, a family tree can be a peaceful,
quiet place for children and adults alike to marvel at
the growth and beauty created by the final resting place
of a cherished family member.