Often customers will reach out to me and ask if anyone uses my memorial crosses as roadside memorials. I explain that unless a customer shares with me I don’t know what they intend to do with the crosses they purchase. Some of my customers have used my crosses for roadside memorials.
Roadside memorials have become quite controversial in the last few years and some cities have gone so far as pass laws forbidding the placement of roadside memorials. City and county governments have complained about the cost of disposing forgotten roadside memorials.
Societies and there rituals change with time and dealing with death is no different. Memorials whether they be a decal on a vehicle, a brick with a name, a tree planted in memory of a loved one, and yes, a roadside cross that marks the place where a loved one died. These are all are new rituals in society for dealing with grief and loss.
Cremation has become more affordable and less looked down upon than 50 years ago. I often wonder if these new ritual memorials have come about due to the loss of being able to place flowers at a cemetery as a memorial. The human need to remember and hope that others remember the loss of life.
2 thoughts on “Roadside Memorials”
I always mentally stop for a moment when I see a roadside memorial. Sometimes I say a prayer. Sometimes I wonder at the circumstances. Most of the time I see it as a reminder to drive with even more care than usual. We can get so caught up in getting by from day to day that we can forget to see all the humanity around us. Those little roadside memorials always open my heart a little, even if it’s only for a fleeting moment. Lovely post: thank you…🙏🙏🙏
I feel exactly the same way when I see a roadside memorial. Thanks for the input🙏
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