Memorials are the lasting tribute we can leave for generations to come. In five simple steps, we explore how to choose the perfect memorial.
1. Choose a location
Memorial stones or markers are typically erected in graveyards and cemeteries to indicate a grave but also the site of ashes interment. Nowadays memorials can also be installed in places of personal significance to the deceased. Whether it’s an existing family plot, or a new site, we can ensure you have all the relevant permissions to install a stone or marker.
2. Commission specialists
Stonemasonry is a heritage skill, often handed down the generations. We have our own team of specialist craftsmen – a second generation family of stonemasons based in the Scottish borders. The team work closely with cemeteries up and down the country, with suppliers based in the UK and abroad, operating from a purpose built workshop. Responsive, intuitive and highly experienced in getting exactly what customers want.
3. Repairing existing stones
Working with ancient stones requires skill and patience. Many damaged, weathered or leaning stones across the country have been laid down by local authorities for health and safety reasons. Across the UK, families are commissioning repairs and we are busy adding new inscriptions, providing essential repairs and- if appropriate – replacing weathered stones.
4. Designing new stones
From the smallest of grave markers, to the most elaborate six plus foot stones, our team of stonemasons can supply a wide variety of colours, finishes, and designs. With bases, vases, sculptures and other individual flourishes, the finished memorial can be as bespoke as you want. We provide a full design service with unlimited CAD (computer automated design) drawings to ensure you get the perfect blend of style. Many cemeteries and graveyards have a charging structure for different sizes and styles so our team will keep you right when it comes to budgeting.
The choice of what to say or how to say it comes with practice as well as tradition. With a limit to the number of characters on certain stones, we can guide you to ensure the inscriptions are personal including bible verses, poems, and images. Even the smallest of markers can be as individual as you want.
The final chapter in arranging a funeral is usually reserved for the memorial. Leaving a legacy that lasts for generations is just as important. Click here for our memorial timeline guide.