Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Can your memorial design win you $150?

Donna Darby-Walthall,
Chief Financial Officer
Have you ever taken the time to walk through your local cemetery, stopped to look at the grave memorial and tried to learn about the people's lives? What does their memorial say about them? Can you tell if they were married, had children, grandchildren or even a favorite pet?

In years past, many memorials didn't have a lot of intricate designs and they especially didn't have colorful images. Typically, the only kind of grave memorials you saw were simple with names and dates. While there is nothing wrong with simplicity, today we have so many more options. Today, you can tell a person’s life story by looking at their memorial. It’s so amazing how far we have come. It makes me think about what to put on my memorial. I know it will need to be big, because I have a lot to tell the people strolling through the cemetery. It’s also important that my great-grandkids know about my life.

It’s so important to remember our loved ones, and to make sure future generations have a way to remember them, too. My sister, Linda, always talks about lost generations. I think it could be true if we don’t take the time to tell the stories and pass on our legacies to our future generations.

At Trigard, we are always interested in hearing your stories, and we would like to hear about some of the unique memorials you have helped design. All you have to do is write down a story about the design of a memorial, and how it affected the family you served. Email it to me at by April 1 to enter for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card. If you would like to include a photo with the story, please be sure you have the family’s permission beforehand. Good luck and I can’t wait to read all of your stories.

This article originally appeared in Modern Memorialization, Trigard Memorials' weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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