Memorialization is a powerful concept. To be memorialized is a universal need. The desire to remember, and be remembered. It serves both the living and the deceased on multiple levels.
First and foremost, regardless of cremation or traditional burial, memorials are a way for the living to remember those who have died. They can be revisited to remember a life and what that person contributed to our lives.
On a deeper level, memorials provide the living with a focus for our grief. A memorial in honor of the deceased can help us bring together our thoughts and feelings, clearing our minds to make space for the future.
Spiritually, they provide us with comfort that our loved ones are in a better place and that some day we will be reunited with them.
But that day is not this day. A memorial reminds us of that fact too. Life is for living, and a memorial in honor of those we love can act to spur us on to a greater appreciation of life too.
Everyone is entitled to this ultimate dignity, a great comfort for the living and the deceased alike.