Memorial Options after Cremation

Enquire at your local cemetery or churchyard nearest to you.

Below is a list of options that are offered in various places around the country. If your local cemetery or churchyard does not offer the one that you prefer ask them if they would consider it. It is usual to charge a cemetery fee for each of the options, therefore it allows income for the local authority, as well as allowing choice for the bereaved.

Memorial Options after CremationThe Book of Remembrance:

This is a traditional form of commemoration, however the book is open on the day of the year, which means it can only be viewed once every year. Sometimes a wall panel, where names, and sometimes dates, can be added.  This can be a less expensive option, usually leased for a 20 year period.

Granite bench plaques:

GraniteBenchPlaquesThis option is similar to the wall panels, but simply the “wall” is  the back of the granite bench. It means the position and costs are reduced for the local authority. Again usually the plaques are leased for a period of time.

Granite benches:

This option is something relatively new, replacing the high maintenance wooden benches. They can accommodate many names and are only slightly higher in price than a quality wooden bench. Once inscribed by a monumental mason they become valueless to anyone else, they are also very heavy. They can be placed near to an existing family memorial, but the position must be agreed with the cemetery in advance.

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Ashes burial in an existing grave:

After a cremation the ashes can be buried in a family grave. This does not take up any additional space within the grave, however you should inform the cemetery office who will dig a hole for the ashes and then record the details in the official register.

Q, How can I record the name and details of the deceased?

If there is space, the name and details can be recorded on any existing family memorial.

Alternatively the existing memorial can be replaced with a new memorial incorporating all the names, with the option to leave space for further names in the future.

A second alternative would be to place an additional wedge or vase containing the new name directly in front of the existing memorial, but consideration for mowing machines must be taken into account.

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Rose garden wedges:

Usually wedge shaped memorials that go round the edge of a rose garden. The ashes are often scattered in the rose bed. Most options have the wedges on a lease of around 20 years.

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Cremation wall plaques:

This is still an option, but less popular than it used to be. Some walls are niche walls, that is they allow the ashes to be placed inside the wall permanently. Others are solid walls where the ashes are usually scattered nearby.

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Tree and Plaque memorials:

Many cemeteries and churchyards are now planting trees and allowing a small granite plaque to be placed in front.

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Ashes burial in a new grave:

Sections within cemeteries and churchyards are set aside for a normal sized memorial to be erected, but usually the grave space is about half that used for a traditional burial. The advantage is that up to 6 lots of ashes can be buried in one space. This makes the use of space very efficient and creates a focal point for many generations of the same family.

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