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What is the difference between a cemetery and a memorial park?
Memorial parks are a newer type of cemetery introduced about 75 years ago. They are parks and gardens where memorials (instead of tombstones) are placed level with the ground to blend with the beauty of the landscape. They often feature expansive lawns with a variety of trees, flower beds and gardens, as well as benches, memorial statues to create reflective landscaping.
A traditional cemetery has a variety of tombstones from upright monuments, usually made of stone to flat markers. Because many have functioned in their communities for over 100 years, traditional cemeteries typically contain a great deal of history.