The upright part of the memorial is known as a headstone or headpiece. The headstone often sits on a base to which it is securely fixed. The base can incorporate one or more holes for flower containers.
Some upright memorials do not have bases and are secured directly into the ground. These one-piece memorials are called monoliths.
Another name for an upright memorial is a lawn memorial. Lawn memorials are usually found in straight rows in open areas within cemeteries.
Depending on the Burial Authority governing the cemetery or churchyard, some upright memorials are erected directly on top of the grave. These are therefore required to be removed for an interment while others are built on a solid foundation behind the grave i.e. the memorial does not sit on disturbed ground. The grave can then be prepared in front of the headstone.
The sizes of memorials allowed in a burial ground are restricted by the Burial Authority governing the cemetery or churchyard where the grave is situated. All memorials can be individually made and therefore can be created to suit the regulations.
Church of England and Church of Wales churchyards may also restrict the style, finish and design of a memorial and also the ornamentation and inscription on a memorial.
Although upright memorials are often associated entirely with burials, they are also a popular way to commemorate deceased loved ones who have been cremated. They are usually built on a stone base and are available in many shapes, sizes and colours depending on the regulations of your local cemetery. They are one of the most traditional choices for memorialisation but can be customised to most personal preferences, making them a fitting commemoration for all.