by Alphaville Herald on 05/02/11 at 9:42 pm
Why is adding a memorial to Linden Memorial Park so hard?
by suzy Honi
One of the greatest secrets of Second Life is a huge region owned by the Linden’s but open to everyone. The land is beautifully landscaped and formed with beaches, flowers, woods and streams. It is one of the most beautiful open spaces in SL. The traffic count is only in the hundreds. It is hard to find though and not well known in SL. It is known as the Second Life memorial park.
This region was opened April 22, 2009 by the Lindens for people to put up memorials to friends from SL who have passed on in Real Life. There is also a flower garden there where you can have a flower put in that will have your friends name on it.
Many of us in SL are here because disability limits our real life. In SL we can live our fantasies without disability. We can be a pirate sailing the seas, a cowboy riding the range, a pilot flying jets or a star ship commander There are no limits on our dreams here.
We also make many friends here. Some of the best friends in my whole life I have met here in SL. Friends who comforted me when my mother died. Friends who gave me hope when I lost my job. Friends from all over the world who I have never met in real life.
In fact for me there is only one friend from real life who knows about my second life.
Often times when people disappear from Second Life we know nothing about what happened to them. Other times we find out that they passed from someone who knew them in real life. In either case we miss our friends.
Recently a young woman I knew passed suddenly. We learned of it from someone who knew her in real life. Many in our group were grieving for her. What followed for me was 6 hours online just trying to figure out how to get a memorial placed for her. Then several days of waiting for a response. This added to the pain many of us felt.
The memorial garden is a wonderful place. We can build memorials there so our friends will be remembered as long as SL exists. I know many sims have built memorials to friends who are gone. But someday the sim could be gone. The Linden garden will remain.
Unfortunately to place a memorial requires going through the Linden red tape. You must submit a support ticket with your request to have a memorial. Your memorial must be built to the standards set by the Lindens. It can be no more then 10 meters in height length or width. Everything on your memorial must be linked also. It must be appropriate for a G rated sim.
Linden Memorial Park – you’ll have to look hard to find it
It is suggested that you take a photo of your memorial and submit it with your support ticket giving the dimensions of the memorial and the prim count. You must then wait for the head of maintenance to approve it. He then passes it to the grounds keeper who will again review it and after everything is approved the grounds keeper will ask you to give the memorial to him and he will place it and send you a landmark as to it’s location.
When you build a memorial you and many of your friends will be grieving. It is a painful time. While the Linden staff I have dealt with were courteous they reacted slowly. It would ease the pain of residents if the Lindens could act more quickly on these requests.
Finding the memorial park is also difficult.
When you search SL memorial park you find nothing. When you search memorial park you come up with several listings but nothing to identify which is the Linden park. You want to go to the Garden of Remembrance which is in the center of the park.
It would also help if the Lindens made the park more easy to find. This should not be a secret. The Lindens should be proud of what they have built here and should publicize it’s existence and the procedures for installing memorials here.
To learn all the rules for the park read https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:How_do_I_request_a_memorial_placement_in_Linden_Memorial_Park