When choosing a memorial for a family member or other loved one, there are many options to consider, including the design, material and finish of the memorial stone. For example, you will need to choose both the material and the lettering for the memorial. Some materials will suit certain types of lettering better. For example, gilded lettering looks best on polished granite. You will also want to think about the colour of the memorial, particularly if you want to enhance the effect of a special design. For example, an etching or image will look better on a darker colour of stone.
However, these are not the only things you need to think about when considering memorials.
There are other practical considerations you should take into account, including the following:
- Regulations: churchyards and cemeteries all have certain rules which place restrictions on the type of material allowed and size of memorial. Be sure to check these rules before you commission your memorial.
- Location: you should think about where your memorial will be placed. For example, if there is a lot of foliage nearby, you should choose a non-porous material to prevent the memorial being stained by sap or decaying leaves.
- Maintenance: all memorials will need to be cleaned from time to time in order to maintain their appearance and avoid deterioration. A polished material is easier to keep clean and will stand up better to the elements over time.
Your memorial mason will guide you through all these decisions, helping to ensure the process of choosing a memorial is as straightforward as possible and that the finished result provides a fitting lasting tribute to your loved one.