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All About Riverside Cemetery in Regina

By: Adam Reeson

As a headstone company in Regina, Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery is a place we visit often. This modern, park-style cemetery in the south-east end of Regina, Saskatchewan is a tranquil resting place for thousands of Queen City  citizens – including my own family. Given how special this cemetery is to us both personally and professionally, our latest blog post is All About Riverside Cemetery in Regina.

History of Riverside Cemetery

As the historic Regina Cemetery started to reach capacity, the City of Regina created a new, park-style cemetery in the emerging east end of the city. The new graveyard was established in 1953, located just north of Wascana Creek. Sort of makes you wonder why it wasn’t called “Creekside Cemetery”?

Bad jokes aside, the new cemetery was built to offer a beautifully landscaped setting to create a more natural destination for people to visit their loved one’s, or just take a walk. Today, Riverside Memorial Park offers a wide variety of internment options to the hundreds of families they serve each year – regardless if they choose casket burial, cremation burial, or inurnment in a columbarium.

Headstones and Monuments at Riverside Cemetery

We might be biased, but the best part of any cemetery is the memorial art – also known as headstones or grave markers.

One of my favourite stories from my late Grandfather about the history of the monument industry in Regina is how the headstone regulations at Riverside Memorial Park was decided. As the story goes, the City of Regina wanted to only allow flat markers, which they believed would make grounds maintenance more efficient. The local monument companies opposed that idea, as did many local citizens who didn’t want to be denied the opportunity to memorialize their loved one with an above ground, upright headstone.

Pillow Headstones

So, the City of Regina introduced a compromise by legislating that sloping, pillow-style headstones would be the only type of above-ground memorialization permitted at Riverside Cemetery.

These headstones typically feature the family name engraved on the front and back, with names, dates and carvings on the top surface. Today, these sloping memorials, typically made of granite or marble, can be seen throughout the vast picturesque landscape of Riverside Memorial Park.

 

 

Upright Headstones

Decades later, the City of Regina amended their bylaws to allow upright headstones to be installed in certain areas of the cemetery. This flexibility renewed enthusiasm for memorialization by Regina families, who have since created many unique and beautiful memorial headstones in the south end of the cemetery.

 

A Special Place

For generations of Regina families, Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery continues to be a place of recreation and remembrance. And like I said earlier, that sentiment definitely rings true for a family like mine, who gathered in that tranquil setting to honour our Grandmother in 2019.

 

For Frontier Monuments, I’m Adam Reeson.

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Testimonials

  • "Beautiful work... thank-you so much. Glad to have this done now. We appreciate your hard work and dedication."
    Sandra/Arlene
    Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan
  • "Adam was recommended to me by a Regina funeral home. Adam was professional, sensitive and very prompt in his communications with me. As winter settled in he needed to delay the completion of the cleaning and refused my payment offer until the job was completed. Sadly, I lost my Mother in Regina over Christmas and again I reached out to Adam for a marker for her. He was so compassionate and understanding, taking care to listen and hear what my sister and myself wanted and lead us through this process. Even though I am not in Saskatchewan and due to the present situation have no ability to be there anytime soon Adam ensured the marker was created and laid the week before Mother's Day. He then sent pictures to me. So very thoughtful. "
    Kim
    British Columbia
  • "Adam was excellent during this process, lots of communication so we always knew where things were at. He did a beautiful job for our family"
    Lisa
    Broadview, Saskatchewan
  • "Through this tough process, Adam was nothing but kind and caring. This stuff is not easy but Adam and his team took care of everything and made life a little easier for my family. I definitely recommend Frontier Monuments."
    Jessica
    Raymore, Saskatchewan
  • "We are all so pleased with the marker. It turned out exactly how we wanted and the install looks great. Thanks again for working with us. I know it has been a bit challenging given the distance between us but the end product was spot on."
    Rick
    British Columbia
  • "Thank you so much for the beautiful monument, everyone who has seen it is very impressed, as we are. Our Daughter was very impressed with you and your crew and the job you did. Thank you"
    Shirley
    Norquay, Saskatchewan
  • "I wanted a unique headstone for a unique person. I created a custom design with the guidance from Adam Reeson. This was all done via the Internet since I do not live in the province in which it was to be installed. Adam cheerfully assisted me through the process with numerous suggestions of ways to improve the appearance and to cut costs. All of my numerous questions were very quickly responded to without my feeling like I was imposing on him. The result is a unique, beautiful, and everlasting tribute of which I am very proud. Thank you Adam."
    Linda
    British Columbia
  • "My family and I went to see the marker today, it looks perfect! My family said to thank you for your fine service."
    Carole
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • "Professional, very personable. Extremely knowledgeable. Great prices and service. The marker I wanted was done to perfection. I highly recommend this company."
    Kory
    Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • "Hi Adam, Thank you for all you did for our family. We had the burial on Sunday and the stone looks amazing. It is more than I could have asked for."
    Kerry
    Ontario
  • "Our experience with Frontier Monuments and Adam was exceptional in a difficult time for the family. Adam was prompt and professional and communicated with me every step of the way. We asked for a bit of a customized monument and Adam worked with me without hesitation to get the look we wanted. The end result is exactly what we hoped for. I recommend Adam and his company without hesitation."
    Dale
    Emerald Park, Saskatchewan
  • "Hey Adam. Thanks for everything you did to get everything done and finished for us. Impressive job. Thanks very much."
    Doug
    Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • "A pleasure to deal with, quote was very well priced and the job was done to perfection and on time. A fitting memorial to my Canadian relatives. Adam made time to meet with us when we were in Regina so we could personally thank him for a job well done. We would gladly endorse this business. "
    Sheila/Michael
    Australia
  • "I was able to stop by the cemetery and see the monument. It looks great! I am very happy with it and I'm sure the rest of the family members will be too. Thank you for all you're assistance in helping with this step. I will be sure to recommend you to others."
    Kevin
    Estevan, Saskatchewan
  • "Thank you very much for the great work and service that you provided for our family. I will certainly recommend you to anybody I know that needs your services."
    Des
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • "You were a pleasure to work with Adam and we thank you for everything you did for us, especially being a province away and doing everything via phone and email, much appreciated!"
    Sheila
    Red Deer, Alberta
  • "Adam at Frontier Monuments was very good to deal with. He met with us to discuss possibilities and he made knowledgeable and helpful suggestions. He was sensitive to our needs and all information given was clearly explained. The memorial plaque was prepared and installed on time and met all of our expectations--it was beautifully done."
    Laurie
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • "Adam professionally presented the products and options available. His samples were very helpful in picturing the final pillow style monument. He provided several practical suggestions with lots of detail showing his great product knowledge. He impressed me by taking our unique request and perfectly capturing it in Granite. Adam provided exceptional service and was very patient with all of my questions, thanks Adam! I highly recommend Frontier Monuments, the service and value he delivers honours the life of your loved one."
    Marc
    Regina, Saskatchewan

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