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Outdoor Memorial Ideas

Whether you recently lost a lo...

Whether you recently lost a loved one or want to commemorate a difficult event, creating an outdoor memorial can help with the grieving process and keep your dearly departed close to your heart. 

An outdoor memorial is a spot where you can reflect on your memories and feel the presence of your loved one.

Here are a few outdoor memorial ideas you can use as inspiration.

Plant a Tree

Memorial trees remind us that life is a never-ending cycle. Seeing the memorial tree burgeon in the spring can also be a powerful reminder that your loved one is still present in spirit.

You can opt for a small and hardy tree like a Crusader Hawthorne or plant a tall and majestic tree such as a Japanese maple.

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Some funeral homes offer biodegradable urns from which a memorial tree grows, but you can also plant a tree on the anniversary of the death of a loved one or have a ceremony where you plant a sapling and spread your loved one’s ashes around the tree. 

If you’re creating an outdoor memorial for a pet, burying your companion underneath a favorite tree will result in an outdoor memorial full of meaning.

Dedicate a Bench

Would you give the world to sit with the deceased one last time? 

Adding a memorial bench to your yard is one of the best outdoor memorial ideas if you want to feel the presence of your loved one.

You can pick a stylish stone or wooden bench and add it to a shaded area. 

Dedicate this bench by having an artisan engrave it with the name of your loved one, a quote that reminds you of them, or lyrics from their favorite song.

As an alternative to having the bench engraved, you can opt for a metal plaque with an inscription.

Add a Memorial Stone

Outdoor memorials are a meaningful way to remember a loved one. 

Still, their presence can sometimes feel overbearing and prevent you from enjoying your backyard without experiencing grief.

If you want a more discreet option or have a small yard, a memorial stone can be an impactful addition. 

You can have a stone engraved with the name of the person or pet you lost, along with dates, a quote, or even a simple design.

A common way to display memorial stones is to add them to flower beds. You can maintain the flowers as a way of remembering your loved one while creating a beautiful area in their memory. 

You can also add garden decorations, such as angels, heart-shaped stones, or objects that belonged to your loved one to add visual interest to the area.

Engraved Wind Chimes

It can take months or even years to fully grieve someone. 

After this process is over, people often experience a sense of loss because they’re not thinking about their loved ones as much as they used to.

Memorial wind chimes are an enchanting way to keep your loved one present. Every time the wind makes the chime tinkle, you’ll think of the person you lost.

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You can customize wind chimes by having an artist engrave them with the name of your loved one. 

You can also get creative and hang personal objects that belonged to the dearly departed to the wind chimes. Examples include silverware, keys, jewelry, tools, and cooking utensils.

Create a Memorial With an Art Pole

Garden art poles are a stylish decorative trend. It’s easy to create your own by upcycling an old fence post, but you can also find artists who create customized art poles.

You can decorate an art pole with paint, engravings, or even glue objects to it. 

It’s an aesthetic and original way to remember your loved ones, and you can easily create an outdoor memorial even if you don’t have much space.

Designing and painting art poles together can be a therapeutic way to get together and celebrate the life of a loved one. 

You can also ask an artist to create an art pole with scenes from the life of your loved one.

Get a Memorial Plaque

If you’re looking for outdoor memorial ideas that look elegant without requiring a lot of maintenance, a memorial plaque could be a good choice for you.

You can have a memorial plaque mounted on the side of your home or on a garden wall.

You can also add a memorial plaque to a flower bed or install it along a garden path.

There are many options to explore, from having a plaque engraved with the name of your loved one to getting a more detailed plaque with their portrait. 

It’s a discreet and meaningful way to make someone you lost part of your daily life.

Light Up Your Patio With a Memorial Lantern

Do you miss the evenings you spent together sitting on the patio? A great way to remember a loved one is to add a memorial lantern to an outdoor space.

A lantern is a discreet option, but the act of lighting up the lantern will bring your loved one to mind every night. 

The movement and light of the flame can make this memorial idea feel more alive compared to stones and other objects.

You can create a memorial lantern by picking a beautiful vintage lantern and asking a local artisan to engrave it with the name of your loved one or simply by painting a lantern.

Commission a Sculpture

A sculpture can become a central design element for your yard. It can also be a powerful way to remember someone you lost.

A memorial sculpture can represent your loved one engaged in an activity they enjoyed, but you can also opt for a more abstract design that evokes love, family, or loss.

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If you lost a pet, think about commissioning an artist to create a wood, stone, or clay sculpture that looks like your pet. 

You can ask the artist to create a natural pose and place this sculpture in a favorite spot where your pet used to lounge.

Wrap Up

These outdoor memorial ideas will help you grieve the loss of a loved one. 

You can organize a meaningful ceremony to build and unveil your memorial and turn spending time in that area into a daily ritual that helps you remember the person you lost as you process your grief.


Spring Nee

Spring Nee is an outdoor furniture expert with 18 years of experience.


She has extensive experience in outdoor design, including choosing furniture materials, following trends, and adding useful elements.


As a thought leader in the outdoor furniture industry, Spring has been a regular contributor to various blogs, magazines, and design forums

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