Pay tribute to your loved one with a memorial bench in your loved one’s favourite park, plant a tree in their honour, or see their name remembered forever in your crematorium’s book of remembrance.
Remembering your loved one in Birmingham
When a loved one dies and chooses to have their ashes scattered, their family and friends may want to designate a space in their memory to visit instead of a grave.
A memorial, such as a dedicated tree or bench, can be a meaningful way to remember your loved one. It can give you a spot to visit and think about your loved one in an area that was significant to them, such as the town where they grew up or their favourite spot in the park.
In Birmingham, there are several ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one, including their own bench in a park or open space, a tree on meaningful land, or entering their name into the book of remembrance at the crematorium.
Find your funeral director in Birmingham who will help you arrange a cremation or burial and give you ideas for a meaningful memorial.
Dedicate a memorial bench
Memorial benches can be a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved one. These can be placed in crematorium gardens, or you can have them placed in a park or open space. If your loved one enjoyed a daily walk through the park or spent time at their local cricket ground, you can have a bench and plaque placed in their honour.
You can request the placement of benches in any park or open space operated by the council and you can apply through the Birmingham Council Website. The price of the bench will vary depending on the location, and you should also note that once parks reach capacity, the request for a bench can be denied.
However, these benches are wonderful ways to memorialise your loved one. They offer you a place to reflect and remember the person who’s died and are fitting tributes for anyone who enjoyed one of Birmingham's beautiful parks or open spaces.
Plant a memorial tree
For those that love nature, you can plant a tree in their honour. There are many locations across Birmingham that you can choose from, so you’ll be able to find the right place for your loved one. Tree planting takes place between October and March, so you might need to wait for the memorial to be placed.
The council will not attach plaques to memorial trees, so be mindful of this when deciding if this is the correct memorial for your loved one. If they enjoyed nature or would appreciate an understated memorial, then this could be a special way to remember the person who’s died. You can also have a map showing where the tree is planted, making it easy to find the tree and pay your respects.
Memorial trees are a wonderful way to pay tribute to your loved one, and with many locations to choose from in Birmingham, you are sure to find one that is close to your loved one’s heart.
Pay tribute in the book of remembrance
Finally, you can enter your loved one’s name into a book of remembrance at your crematorium. These books are displayed in memorial rooms or just outside the reception area, depending on the crematorium. It’s an excellent way to ensure that your loved one’s memory lives on for years to come.
You can add a two-line entry or a five to eight-line entry and include a symbol or icon if you wish. The price varies depending on how many lines you use, so be sure to speak to the crematorium or council for an accurate price.
These leather-bound books are stored safely and displayed for all to see. Every day the book is opened to the page for the date, allowing visitors to see the anniversary of the person who’s died. These books are wonderful ways to keep the memory of your loved one alive and provide you with a place to visit and read the message that was left.
You can even make a visit to the crematorium an annual tradition to see your loved one’s name on their anniversary and take a quiet moment of reflection.