Ripley’s Quarterly Review
SRMP Stands “Up-Right” – For centuries, societies have used grave markers as artistic symbols of remembrance. They also serve to denote the place where friends and relatives can mourn openly, and feel close to the deceased. Traditionally, memorial headstones were large, up-right pieces of sculpted stone that contained written information about the people whose grave they marked, including names and dates of course, but sometimes listing many interesting facts or depictions of the life they represent.
For example, Robert Ripley, creator of the well-known newspaper column and TV program Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, was interred in our original Odd Fellows section with his parents in 1949. Their memorial depicts not only their names and dates of life, but also the famous logo. While these up-right memorial headstones are still used today, smaller, flat memorial headstones are more common and have been the only type used here at SRMP since the 1950’s. Recently there have been many requests for upright memorials. Consequently, we have begun construction on a new, up-right only section of our park offering a large variety of designs to help families create a one-of-a-kind uprig ht granite memorial for their loved one.
The Memory Tree – Commemoration of a loved ones death is, in essence, human nature and the ways of commemorating have evolved. While many memorialization options involve retaining, placing, burying, or scattering remains, there are often situations where remains are not available. Because of this, the use of cenotaphs was established to honor a person or group of people whose remains are elsewhere.
We are strong believers in memorialization and have many areas of our park for cenotaphs. We’ve recently installed our beautiful Memory Tree featuring elegant bronze leaves that commemorate our loved ones
Introducing Memory Links – One click with a smart phone, and viewers can read about a loved one’s life and see photos and videos. Memory Links uses the latest technology by displaying a QR code that can be attached to memorial markers, niche fronts, and cenotaphs. When scanned, they produce a permanent online memorial containing the option of a biography, unlimited photos, videos, a family tree, and more.
Now you can share a life for more than just a couple of days in a newspaper; but share it permanently, forever, with Memory Links! Call us today for a free brochure. 542-1580
Dia De Los Muertos – Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead begins Thursday, November 1, 2012, and ends Friday, November 2, 2012. This holiday is celebrated in many parts of the United States, particularly where there are large Latin American communities. Day of the Dead events, which come in the form of festivals, parades and group celebrations, coincide with All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day. People wear masks, carry signs, and put up elaborate decorations and altars that include food, symbols, flowers, candles, photos and other mementos.
All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny and quickly spread throughout the Christian world, although people held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set aside to honor the departed. The Day of the Dead celebrations can be traced back to the various indigenous groups, such as the Aztecs and other pre-Hispanic civilizations, from as far back as 3000 years ago. Skulls were collected and used during rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. Elaborately decorated skulls, including those made of candy, are made for the day.
The Marigold is a traditional flower that is associated with the dead. Some say that the flower represents the rays of the sun, which is linked with life.
Amanda Davis – Up and Coming - Amanda is a relatively new addition to our team, serving for the past year as one of our Family Service Counselors here at SRMP. After a four year stay in the mortuary industry as a pre-arrangement and removal specialist, she decided to expand her experience and joined us here at the cemetery, dedicating herself to helping families create lasting memories of their loved ones.
Although not a native to Sonoma County, Amanda is quickly becoming very fond of the area and close to the people here. Amanda provides pre- arrangement and at- need services for our families, helping them to create unique end of life celebrations and memorialization with true care and compassion for those she serves.
With a Bachelors degree in Visual Communications and a minor in marketing, she also helps with much of our promotion and advertising here at the park. She will enthusiastically guide you through the tough decisions and preparations that come with end of life planning, and help you create a lasting memory for those you love. Contact Amanda at 707-542-1580 or Amanda@srmp.org
Don’t Forget to Remember - Remember to join us on Friday, September 21st at 5:30 pm alongside our magnificent, 9-foot tall, black granite POW/MIA monument. We will be celebrating National POW/MIA Recognition Day by honoring the 82,000 veterans who are still missing or unaccounted for from Vietnam and WWII. The program is coordinated by AMVETS Michael Ottolini Post 40, with the reception hosted by M.O.M.S. Our wonderful sponsor is OIL STOP, INC.