As you drive around on a daily basis you've probably noticed a surge in the number of roadside memorial sites you see. Roadside memorials are becoming an increasingly popular way of memorializing a loved one who perished in an accident.
If you're thinking about creating a memorial site to honor somebody you lost, there are a couple things to keep in mind. First of all, check with local regulations to see if they're even allowed, and if so, what limitations or special conditions they may require. You don't want to set up a memorial that will immediately be taken down, or worse yet, land you in legal trouble. Secondly, never set up a display on private property without getting the property owner's permission first.
Once you're sure it's OK to establish your site, you should think about whether you want to plan it out, or just allow it to happen in an impromptu manner. Either way you choose, a cross is typically the cornerstone of any memorial site. You can then add balloons, stuffed animals (for children who were lost) photographs of the deceased, and any personal items that you think represent who this person was.
One thing you should definitely keep in mind is when it comes to memorial sites, especially those on public roads, less is more. Don't allow your site to spread out too far, and don't allow it to become too gaudy. While the site is personal to you, everybody will see it. The other good reason to keep the site small and tasteful is it will be less likely to get taken down. If you put up something that huge and/or unattractive, you shouldn't be surprised when you return to the site and find it cleared away.
At Graveside Flowers, we carry a wide array of crosses that are perfect for the start of your roadside memorial. We offer several different sizes and colors. All of them are sturdy and designed to withstand harsh weather. They're also created to be easily paced in the ground. (If you live in a part of the country that has hard clay or rocky soil, you may want to bring a screwdriver with you to loosen the ground before trying to insert the cross.
To see our collection of crosses and choose the one that's perfect for your memorial site, click here. *We offer free shipping on all orders over $19.99.