Grief means deep sorrow. People grief over their sufferings and loss of loved ones in different ways. Memorials are one of the best ways to show grief. They are the symbols that will serve as lasting reminder for their loved ones. Memorials include headstones, monuments, markers, benches and urns. They show the depth of your feelings for the deceased whether it is the feeling of love, joy, or grief.
People die and sufferings are ended, but the memorial will still be there. These memorials are the way of involving other people in your grief. As it is said, “If you share your pain, it will lessen.” Also Judy Tatelbaum says, “Memorial accomplish two things: they represent our own grief and loss, and they also speak to the world that this person mattered.”
This was started by the Greeks. They built symbolic sculptures called monuments. One of the types was sculpture of grief. Stones are sculpted into the shape of humans mostly including children and women, and angels including cherubs. Draped columns are also used to show grief. These sculptures symbolize grief in their own unique way. Sculptures were also carved for mourning the soldiers martyred in war.
The monument of deep grief is a memorial bench with an half seated angel leaning over an urn and is shown so in pain and agony on losing the loved one that the person seeing it can actually feel the sorrow. Memorial benches usually serve a basic function of having a seat to spend some time thinking about your loved one while resting aside all other thoughts, and angels are usually used to show sorrow because they are close to God, and they can communicate our sorrow to him.
This design is unique in its own way as it incorporates an angel on a bench whose leaning posture signifies deep pain and sorrow as it portrays a crying body language that develops the feelings of sympathy. The wing of the angel is stretched out which has strengthened the feelings of sadness and dismay. This wing in functionality serves as back of the bench.
This monument serves both the purposes of a memorial bench and a monument of an angel to give us a seat to sit on and think about our beloved while sharing our sorrow and pain with the angel.