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vikinghar
2008-01-06 12:45:06
How I want to be remembered
Hi there. I am relatively new to MV and this is the first time I have contributed. I was very interested in the discussion around memorials that are placed on the hills and mountains and agree that permanent, intrusive memorials do blight the landscape. I understand fully the need for remembrance and it is possible to be responsible about achieving a balance between a public memorial and a private place of remembrance. I am at an age when I am starting to think of how and where Iíd like to be remembered after Iím gone. It will mean little to me when Iím actually dead because Iíll be off in another place entirely, but it is important to me while alive that I can somehow exist in the places where I have derived great pleasure, beauty and solace. To that end I feel I would like to be cremated and my ashes scattered in a special place in Donegal. I do not want a permanent memorial at the spot for everybody to see and disapprove of, and I certainly donít want an urn to be left littering the hills. I like the idea of my ashes integrating with the environment and becoming part of it. Hopefully I will not pollute it at the same time. Remembrance is for my family and friends and, I would like them to plant and care for a tree so that they can visit it and spend time there if they need to. As I said, I understand the motives of people who place permanent markers on the hills because it is part of their grieving process and a hill or mountain is a constant and easy reminder of a loved one. However, permanent intrusive markers of transient life are at odds with the basic principles of preserving the beauty of our hills, which is at the heart of every true hill walker and this should be remembered also.
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