Mt. Thompson Memorial Gardens have thoughtfully created a diversity of memorial options for cremations. We are a cremation memorial garden only, with memorial options ranging from traditional niches and rose gardens to chair estates, gazebos, hardwood pillars and a dedicated war service section.
A graceful beauty surrounds our venue. You will soon sense that this is a comfortable place in a boutique garden setting, and perfect for your loved ones’ chapel service and memorial placement.
Cemeteries provide a beautiful oasis, both at the time of a loved one's passing, and also in subsequent times whenever you need to remember.
Having a permanent place that can be visited regularly is an important part of the healing process. A memorial gives everyone a special place to go to and remember a loved one.
Having a permanent place to reflect is also a way of connecting to a family's past. Visiting the resting place of grandparents or great-grandparents may provide children with an anchor to their personal history. It is a connection to the past, and to shared love. A lasting memorial truly honours the relationship you still have – and will always have – with that person.
A moment of reflection can bring back a lifetime of memories.
Memorials honour and pay tribute to those we have lost, and make a statement about the impact they have had on us, our family and our community. Each memorial is a focus for reflection and a permanent marker for a life lived, where family, friends and future generations can come to remember and pay their respects. Knowing that a permanent memorial exists can take some of the permanence out of losing a loved one and ease the grief.
Brendan Moar, Landscape Gardener and Television Presenter, discusses the importance of memorials and the options available to you.
When someone you love passes away, having to make a lot of decisions often in a very short time frame can feel overwhelming. These days many Australian families are choosing cremation over burial, and in films and literature ashes are often scattered to the four winds, which seems like the normal thing to do. But the reality of the situation is a little different. Most families choose a permanent memorial for their loved one. A place to visit, a place to remember, a place to grieve. Today's parks and bushlands, however special to your loved one, may not be around in the long term. That beautiful quiet location could be redeveloped as a busy shopping centre or a private housing estate. Remember also, you may not always be living in the same home, and when you move you lose access to any memorial you may have created in your own garden. If you keep ashes at home other family members may feel excluded or regret not having a special place to visit. There are also issues of safety and security to consider.
Memorial Parks and Gardens are especially set aside for this purpose, they'll be here forever. Memorials like this are lasting tributes of remembrance to those we love. It provides a permanent secure setting for their life to be commemorated, and a historical and genealogical record for your ancestry for future generations. A memorial can assist in the healing process. Family members are often pleasantly surprised how many friends and colleagues attend the funeral of their loved one, and later choose to visit the memorial. It provides a physical place where family and friends can gather to celebrate a life, mourn their loss or simply remember. As time passes, the significance of key dates grows – birthdays, anniversaries – and initially some families choose to have their loved ones ashes at home, but later realise the value of a permanent memorial that everyone can visit.
Alternatively, you can scatter a portion somewhere that holds special meaning and lay the remainder to rest in a memorial, or even create a memorial without ashes. Now some families find it very comforting to visit the memorial of a parent or a grandparent on Mother's or Father's Day. Special services in the gardens' chapels are often held on these occasions, and everyone is welcome to attend.
From a traditional wall niche, to an elegant rose garden, memorials can be as unique and as individual as you would like them to be. They can also reflect religious and cultural identity. As a garden lover myself, I particularly enjoy the natural feel of a family memorial garden. So, if you've not already made a decision I hope that even in some small way I've helped you appreciate the importance of a memorial and the options available to you.
- Brendan Moar, Landscape Gardener and Television Presenter