‘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.