Choosing a memorial stone

We want to make choosing a memorial stone as stress free as possible at what can be a difficult time for you and your family. This guide will help keep you informed on the important points to consider when choosing a memorial or headstone for your loved one, so that you can honour your dearly departed with the perfect memorial tribute.

Hopefully this page helps answer some of the more common questions we come across daily, but every job is unique and we are happy to offer any further advice if needed. Just give us a call on 01733 602099 or email chad@thememorialcraftsman.co.uk – we will answer your questions as swiftly as possible.

How long should I wait before placing a memorial after a burial or internment of ashes? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Each cemetery will likely have a recommended time to allow for ground settlement before a headstone or full memorial can be placed. We recommend a minimum of six months after a burial, but in an ideal situation a year is preferred. This helps prevent the memorial from subsiding due to ground settlement after it has been installed.

Which material is best for a memorial stone? Granite or Marble? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

When you are choosing your desired memorial there are some character attributes of each material that you should take into consideration. Although both types of stone are well suited for memorials, each have their own benefits.

Granite is available in a vast array of colours from black, grey, red, green, blue, brown and many colours in-between. It is extremely strong and can be polished to a high degree which brings out the beautiful, often intense colours you see in many UK the cemeteries. This highly polished finish means it is not susceptible to lichen and moss growth like more porous stones and is super easy to maintain and keep looking its best.

Marble comes most commonly in White, mined usually in Italy (Carrara Marble) although there are other Grey variants. It is a beautifully striking material but it is not as strong as granite, which is why you see a lot more intricate carvings done in marble. The fine structure of the grain in marble makes it possible to carve very delicate details into any sculpture or carving made from it. The only down side is that because it is a more porous material it will need maintenance after some years to keep its colouration.

Can you personalise a headstone or any grave memorial to suit our requirements? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Certainly, Yes. We can fully customise the shape and size to what you require. Any motif can be carved so long as the stone is suitable. Oft-times we engrave crosses, roses, hearts, angels, even football badges and other sporting motifs. If you need a custom engraving that is not a problem either, just supply us an example of what you would like and we can do the rest.

Can you inscribe the stone in any language other than English? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Yes. We have produced stones in many languages over the years, Urdu, Farsi, Polish, Lithuanian, Chinese to name a few. We are always open to helping you inscribe our chosen memorial with any language you would like.

How is the lettering carved? Hand-cut vs Sand-blasted keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Our memorial lettering is sand-blasted, as is common industry standard nowadays. This method allows very precise lettering to be cut and is also the method we use to do our surface etched artwork. We do still offer a hand-carving service but the time it takes to produce and the high level of skill involved means there is a premium for this service (£5 per letter).

Is your work guaranteed? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Yes, we offer a 10 years stonework quality and workmanship guarantee.

Are you a member of the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

Yes, we are accredited members of this board that governs the monumental masonry industry. As members of BRAMM we ensure that every memorial we produce and install meets the safety standards as set out in the NAMM code of working practise and meets the requirements of BS8415.

Do I need to insure the memorial? keyboard_arrow_down close

 

All our work is guaranteed for 10 years, but this does not cover the possibility of the memorial being damaged by a 3rd party. Getting insurance will protect you against the cost of repairs in this instance and we can recommend approved insurance companies should you wish to consider this level of protection.