Things To Consider
A period of time must elapse, after an internment has taken place before a memorial can be erected. The time is required to allow the ground to settle before it can take the weight of a memorial. Obviously, some memorials will need a longer period to elapse before erection than others.
Each cemetery authority has certain rules which must be followed before a memorial can be erected. Such rules may be quite simple yet others (particularly where the Church is concerned) are more complex. We will be able to give specific detail on such rules, either immediately or with some simple research.
Natural stone used in the manufacture of memorials tends to be either granite, slate, sandstone, limestone or marble. Each type of material has a unique character. Certain cemeteries restrict the type of material they will allow – again we will be able to advise. However, personal choice normally dictates which material is eventually selected.
Deciding what to say on a memorial is perhaps the most personal and sometimes difficult aspect of the whole process and it cannot be emphasised too strongly that it must not be rushed.
Memorial costs are dependant on choice of material and size of memorial; ornamentation, inscription and the fees charged by either the Church or local authority.