Friends are a gift we choose for ourselves. Some of the happiest moments in our lives are spent with good friends. So why not end our lives with friends surrounding us? Eternal friendships has been the thought process of many close friends who decided to be buried next to each other so that not even death would part them.
In Chautauqua Cemetery, New York 32 friends purchased plots together and called their burial spot the “Circle of Friends.” They decided that since they traveled together in life, they should also travel together in death. Together, they designed a $50,000 burial spot with 32 headstones, each with a name and date of birth. These New York friends were not the first to come up with the idea of a friendship grave site. Years before, a group of friends planned their final move together and purchased side by side burial plots in Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Los Angeles. The group decided to form a kind of burial society and called the club the Amity Lodge (Amity means friendship).
It has also become common for U.S. soldiers to be buried with their comrades. Navy soldiers and best friends, Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, started their journey together as roommates at the Naval Academy and ended it side by side in Arlington Cemetery. Travis was killed in combat and buried in his home town in Pennsylvania. When Brendan’s helicopter was shot down three years later, Travis’ body was moved next to Brendan’s in Arlington where they could rest in peace together.
Eternal friendships matter. Santa Rosa Memorial Park honors the sanctity of friendships. Surrounding yourselves with people you love in life is just as important in death. Contact us today to reserve your burial plots or urn plots for a group of friends or your entire family.