The Garden of Remembrance, is a memorial cenotaph (monument) and scattering of ashes or burial garden. It is located in an old nicely maintained country cemetery. The Dudenville Cemetery was carved out of the pre-settlement prairie about the time of the civil war and continues to maintain a historic tranquility.
The focal point of the garden is a mahogany granite monument with a surrounding planter of granite bricks. The names and dates of the birth and death of persons remembered, by their families and friends are inscribed on the monument. The persons being honored may have had their ashes scattered or buried in the garden or at another location.
Arkansas folk singer/songwriter Jimmy Driftwood commented in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he and his wife wanted their ashes scattered together out on their beloved Ozark hills. Driftwood wrote a song for the occasion and the lyrics are as follows.
“The elms and oaks have been my dear companions
The maples know I’ve always been a friend
And when my dust has settle down around them
They’ll open their doors and take me in.
So scatter my ashes o’er the mountains
Let me sift down among the leaves
Soon I’ll be blooming on the hillside
Speaking the language of the trees.”
Driftwood’s song expresses the thoughts of many people who want their ashes scattered in a favorite place. Unfortunately, many families discover after a loved one’s ashes have been scattered somewhere, there is no place to gather for remembrance. The family and friends left behind usually try to honor the last wishes of their loved ones, but they are often left with an additional void. People need a tangible place to record the life of a loved one and a place that future generations can return to for remembrance.