Six Inspiring Outdoor Memorial Ideas to Honor Your Departed Loved One

Thursday, April 13, 2023

From simple stones to elaborate gardens, there is no shortage of meaningful outdoor memorial ideas to pay tribute to a loved one who has passed on.

When you’re deeply grieved, finding a unique way to honor the life of the departed can be very comforting. That might mean volunteering for a special cause or pursuing a new pastime on their behalf, such as painting or writing. If they were particularly fond of nature, an outdoor memorial might be fitting.

Please read on for six touching outdoor memorial ideas that will help you fondly remember your loved one for many years to come.

Memorial Flag

From small garden flags to full-sized pennants, custom flags are a wonderful way to honor your loved one because they offer so many options for personalization. Include their favorite color. Add a favorite photo. Choose a special image of something they enjoyed, such as flowers or teddy bears. Then, proudly display your memorial flag whenever and where you wish. You might want to fly it throughout the year or display it on special days, such as the departed’s birthday or the anniversary of their passing. There’s no right or wrong way to display your flag. Fly it any way you wish that helps you remember your loved one and honor their life.

Remembrance Tree

If you prefer a completely natural option, consider planting a remembrance tree. Not only does it support the environment, but you will also get to enjoy a beautiful and lasting memorial for your loved one. If you wish, you can also bury their cremation ashes with the tree. Biodegradable urns exist that are made specifically for this purpose.

Memorial Plaque

Why not remember your loved one with a classic outdoor memorial plaque? It can be placed in a garden, used as a grave marker, or added to any location that calls to mind the departed. Memorial plaques are durable and can be crafted from a variety of metals. Choose bronze for a traditional look, aluminum if you prefer a modern appearance, or brass for added elegance. You might include a favorite quote or bible verse on the plaque. In addition to the text, graphics or photos can often be applied, as well as meaningful shapes and emblems. Unique elements like these can bring a special, personalized touch to the finished plaque.

Garden Stone

A garden isn’t required for a garden stone that honors your loved one’s life. Add a personalized plaque to a larger rock or simply paint and decorate a smaller rock. Then, place the memorial stone outside your home in a special spot—on the patio, along the garden path, or any location that calls to mind the departed. This option is versatile, too. The memorial stone can be easily transported to a new location if you move or simply want to adjust its location on your property.

Memorial Bench

You have probably seen memorial benches at various locations, like the cemetery or at the local park. They’re placed in personal meaningful locations and include a message honoring the departed, such as “In loving memory of <person’s name>” or “Always in our hearts <person’s name>”. Some manufacturers even allow additional personalization details such as special text, colors, images, or custom embellishments.

Wind Chime

If your outdoor space is limited, a memorial wind chime is a great option. It requires very little room and holds special charm. Wind chimes come in an endless variety of sizes and styles. Select one that reminds you of the departed or purchase a custom-made wind chime. That way you can add special touches, like a specific color or personalized engraving. The chime’s enchanting tones will always be a sweet reminder of your loved one.

These suggestions are just a small sampling of the endless outdoor memorial ideas that can honor a loved one who has passed on. Consider the departed and their life, personality, style, and unique traits to come up with the perfect memorialization option.

We are here to help. If you have questions about outdoor memorials or wish to make funeral arrangements, our compassionate professionals are always available to assist you. Please reach out to us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at

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