There is no one-size-fits-all approach to memorial making. Yet there are certain qualities that help us honor a life, achieve closure, and comfort the bereaved.
As a graphic designer, I enjoy investigating ways to make experience more meaningful. I have attended many funerals in my life. All of them left me feeling unsettled and disappointed. My personal dissatisfaction with funerals lead me to wonder how design could add value to memorial objects and experiences.
I interviewed more than fifty people from different walks of life. They told me what they needed and valued. I also spoke with funeral-industry professionals and consumer advocates. These testimonies, combined with my own first-hand knowledge, gave me new insights. I synthesized those insights to create the material on this site.
My hope is to contribute to a growing cultural awareness about memorial making. Perhaps my curiosity about this subject will help others think about it in a new way.
Many of us find fulfillment in memorial experiences that provide some opportunity for family and friends to come together to share memories.
We often create public or private places to interact with people we lost. These new destinations may be physical or emotional spaces.