‘Remember me when I am gone away’
There are so many ways to commemorate the life of a person who has died, and the most conventional memorial is still a headstone for their grave, or a tablet or plaque in a remembrance garden. We offer a comprehensive memorial masonry service, personalised to whatever you need from a new memorials, additional inscriptions or renovation of an existing memorial.
When choosing a memorial some of the considerations to take into account include:
The majority of cemeteries and churchyards have restrictions on the type of memorial they allow and may have regulations on the length of time required for ground settlement before a memorial may be erected.
It is important to consider where the memorial will be placed. If the grave is close to a tree or a hedge, a porous material such as marble or stone may be stained by sap or decaying leaves.
There are many types of material available for memorials; the most common are granite, marble and stone.
Granite – The most durable stone of all. It comes in many colours including black, grey, red and blue. A polished finish brings out the beauty and depth of colour in the stone. This material is used widely in cemeteries, although most churchyards will only allow a specialist ‘honed’ finish. Ask to see what this finish looks like.
Marble – White with blue/grey veins, it has a smooth, finely rubbed finish and is suitable for carving. This may, however, not be permitted in some churchyards.
Stone – Nabresina, Yorkstone and Portland Stone are suitable for most churchyards. They are all porous so will discolour to give an aged look.
For further information, ring us or pop in to our branch. Alternatively, we can arrange a home visit at a time to suit you.
Ask a funeral arranger for one of our comprehensive memorial brochures.