A memorial is not merely a marker erected over a grave to remind us of the name of the deceased. It is a lasting symbol of remembrance; a tribute to a life now ended. It is therefore extremely important that its design is carefully chosen
We recommend you spend some time looking around different churchyards or cemeteries finding the right memorial before speaking to us.
Memorials need to be of a material that will withstand all kinds of weather, take a permanent carved inscription (and possibly additional ones later on), be capable of shaping and ornamentation, and harmonise with the surroundings. It should also weather attractively. Centuries have shown natural stone materials (i.e. stone, slate, marble and granite) have all these qualities.
Our staff can advise you on appropriate memorial designs in accordance with the regulations for the local churchyard and cemeteries.
If an interment has taken place in a re-opened grave, the existing memorial will be taken to our stonemason’s premises and you’ll be given an estimate for any suggested renovations and cleaning before work is carried out to add an additional inscription in memory of the deceased. To allow settlement of the ground, the memorial will be refixed on the ground after a suitable time.
Speak to a member of our team at your local branch of funeral directors in Dorset for more information or complete the enquiry form below.
What You May Choose
Cemetery and churchyard authorities nearly always have guidelines for the types of memorials they will allow. Certain varieties of stone are more appropriate in some places than others, not only for their appearance but also because of the effects of weather or local conditions. There may also be limits to the design of memorials that are acceptable, we can advise you on all different restrictions.
You’re welcome to choose a design from our display of memorials or, if you prefer, we can design something bespoke.
For a brochure Speak to a member of our team at your local branch of funeral directors in Dorset for more information or complete the enquiry form below.
In some cemeteries and churchyards full size memorials over cremated remains may not be permitted. Where they are, they may have to be very small, or even just plaques. Sometimes there may be only a central memorial commemorating all the burials in that area. We will be able to advise and assist you on these matters. Speak to a member of our team at your local branch of funeral directors in Dorset for more information or complete the enquiry form below.
It is quite normal to ask for prices and we’re happy to give you a full written estimate, showing all the costs involved. These will include the memorial itself with all the required lettering, ornamentation and finishes; its installation on proper foundations at the plot and cemetery or churchyard fees (some of these are set charges which we have to pay in advance). We’ll apply to the cemetery or churchyard authorities on your behalf for permission to erect the memorial. Speak to a member of our team at your local branch of funeral directors in Dorset for more information or complete the enquiry form below.
It is always advisable to insure a memorial against accidental damage and vandalism. The cost is not great and we have full details of a scheme available.
As members of the National Association of Funeral Directors, we are bound by the ‘Code of Practice‘, published by the NAFD in consultation with the Office of Fair Trading. Copies are available, free of charge, from our offices.
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Memorials become dirty and stained by air pollution, dirt, hard water, tree sap, birds, lichen or any number of other sources.It is a lot easier and less expensive to preserve a memorial than it is to restore one.
Regular maintenance and care should be scheduled for any new memorial, plaque or monument.
We specialise in memorial cleaning, renovation and maintenance.
For an estimate, speak to a member of our team at your local branch of funeral directors in Dorset for more information or complete the enquiry form below.Find out more