For thousands of years graves have often been marked in one way or another – be that a neolithic earth mound, Egyptian pyramid, granite headstone, wooden cross or tree. There are many choices today as to how you can mark a grave – traditional gravestones, cremation stones, kerb sets, plaques, contemporary ones, mass produced, hand carved, metal, wood, glass, trees, shrubs, even multi media ones that digitally store information about the person whose grave it marks. Costs can vary considerably, so shop around if you can, but do bare in mind that the chosen grave site will probably have restrictions in place as to what you can and can not have, so always check with them first before paying out money on something you can’t actually use.
The local undertaker will be able to advise you on this, and will obviously have a selection for you to choose from, but if you need more choice, inspiration, or just something different from the norm, browse the links below. If you need to find out more about how to choose a memorial and have it erected, then The National Association of Memorial Masons has some very helpful information, and can be found at www.namm.org.uk
Finally, because a memorial is a lasting monument and a tribute to a person’s life, perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved, it is important to choose it carefully. Hasty decisions made while still in great distress frequently result in later regrets, so it can be sensible to wait – and to spend time on selecting a suitable design.
Bespoke and individual
Keep it discreet
More than a name and two dates