Monuments serve two
primary purposes. First, the design, purchase, and
erection assist the survivors in overcoming their grief
and getting through the difficult transition period in
which people adjust to the loss of a loved one.
The second function of a monument is one that serves a
far reaching purpose. Monuments and cemeteries serve as
the primary visible link between the past, present and
future. They are practically the only artifacts that
survive for long periods of time outside of a museum.
They are an integral part of our culture and heritage
and serve as vital reminders of who we are and where we
In an increasingly anonymous world many people are
searching for their roots and a sense of identity.
Monuments are especially valuable in this respect
because they provide concrete evidence, acting as a
'time capsule' from the past. The knowledge that can be
taken away from monuments is a tremendous asset that is
a cornerstone of this very important search.