Memorials and Headstones
A memorial is a lasting monument and a tribute to a person’s life, and can be an important focal point when coping with grief.
At some stage in our lives we will endure the painful task of having to choose a memorial or headstone for a loved one. Before commencing your search for a memorial/headstone, it is advisable to check with the cemetery/churchyard as they often have rules governing and regulating which kind of memorials can be erected. These regulations can vary from place to place and it is best to seek advice from your chosen memorial stonemason who will be able to assist you. You should also be aware that before a memorial may be erected in a churchyard or cemetery written permission has to be obtained from it’s management, again if you have any problems with this; your chosen stonemason will be able to assist you.
When selecting a monumental stonemason for your memorial, we would advise using a member of the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM), who are bound by strict codes of business and working practice. At Bereavement Today we are pleased to nominate Rowland Brothers Tel 0208 684 1667, and the Memorial Group Tel: 0845 367 0007.
It is important to obtain a written estimate clearly setting out full details of the memorial you are considering and all the costs involved. The estimate should include the memorial itself (details on size and materials), the lettering, any ornamentation and finishes, the secure installation of the memorial on a proper foundation and the cemetery or churchyard fees and VAT.
Responsibility for Memorials
It is important to remember that it is you and not the cemetery or churchyard management who is responsible for the maintenance of your memorial. If the memorial becomes dilapidated or unsafe, then certain steps may be taken to lay it down or remove it. It is therefore wise to arrange for it to be regularly maintained and insured. Most memorial masons offer maintenance schemes, usually payable on an annual basis. Terms will vary but will generally include regular cleaning and checking.
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