Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of culture – think of the Great Pyramids, the Tomb of the Unknowns, or the Taj Mahal, for example. Psychologists say that remembrance practices serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. To remember, and to be remembered, are natural human needs. Of course, our memories are with us at all times, and in all places. Oftentimes, however, a focal point or specific location can help us grieve and honor a loved one in a more tangible way. At Sewickley Cemetery, we provide permanent resting places for the deceased and then care for and maintain those honored spots, which dignifies human life and provides a safe space for friends and family to remember, grieve, and heal. Increasingly, people are finding that completing their family’s genealogical records can add richness and depth to their memories; visiting gravesites and researching family history helps add to those rich traditions.