When people create memorial benches for their loved ones what they do not see is that in fact they create public works of art. At face value they are crafted physical objects more often than not engraved with text, placed in significant locations special to the deceased or their family. But what is so fascinating is the journey a memorial bench takes from the specific details required by the family to the invitation of an emotional reaction that they evoke from complete strangers.
The loss of a loved one is a pain like no other, its not always physical but it is there. We often struggle to comprehend how our life may continue without the lost ones presence but we take steps to ensure their last moments are remembered and that every little detail is perfect and fitting. The details of every memorial bench we create are always sensitive and emotional, every family has stories to tell and even though we might not always meet them we feel like we have been given an insight into the personal elements.
Whilst simple memorial benches are a popular choice we are always fascinated of the journey a family will take in order to organise an engraving that is personal. More often than not in the moments of darkness, light and creativity is allowed to step forward. We see family members who previously had little to say come up with some of the most beautiful words, that form the story of the engravings that then stand in place from the initial thought to paper, to bench to then being read by those who stop.
That journey that a memorial bench can take us on is so special and once the bench is completed it never really leaves our mind. The words stay with us in our minds and more often than not we will refer or associate these with that said person. When a complete stranger though can take something from words written on a memorial bench and base them on say their own fears, desires and experiences that truly is something special.
From design, specifics, engraving, placement to the end enjoyment the commemorative bench provides the journey it proceeds through is a great way in which many of us can find inner peace.
Walking to a memorial bench in memory of a loved one and seeing others, strangers reading the words and taking a moment to remember your loved one really does provide some comfort along the rest of your journey without them here on earth in your life.