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A memorial commemorates a life by personalising  the resting place of a loved one following their death.

A memorial also provides a focal point where loved ones can pay their respects giving them a place to go to reflect on happy times, helping to ensure memories are not forgotten.

The selection of a memorial is an important decision and should reflect the life of the deceased. For example a headstone can be inscribed with a popular saying or phrase that the deceased used to say..

There are various and different local regulations which control such things as shape, size and inscriptions.  Memorials can vary in cost depending on a multitude of factors such as:

  • Size
  • Materials used
  • Design and shape of the memorial
  • Lettering and any special designs (photo plaques etc.)

Your local funeral director will be able to help and advise you in organising a suitable stone memorial for your loved one. They will also be able to advise you on servicing existing memorials including adding inscriptions, cleaning and restoration work regardless of when or who erected the memorial.

With many memorials you may need to get permission or adhere to certain rules and regulations.  Your local funeral director will be able to assist you with this.

With many memorials you may need to get permission or adhere to certain rules and regulations.  Placing a memorial on public land obviously requires permission from the local council or landowner and some churchyards or cemeteries may stipulate types of memorials they allow.

Your local funeral director will work with stonemasons to ensure local regulations and your personal preferences are met. They will also be able to advise on available vases and plaques.

To help you choose a memorial suitable for you, here we guide you through the choices available, from the type and shape of headstone to the final inscription.

Choosing a memorial should not be rushed and your local funeral director may be able to arrange for a temporary loan vase to be placed on the grave, or alternatively a wooden marker

When choosing a stone mason or any other memorial firm you should check that they are approved by theNational Association of Memorial Masons to ensure you get a high quality memorial.

Alternative memorials

Stone memorials are the most traditional form of memorials, but there are alternative memorials available such as a memorial tree, bench, online memorial or memorial jewellery. Ask your local funeral director for advice on choosing a memorial suitable for you and your family.


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