Memorials of Distinction have over 35 years’ experience in stonemasonry and serving the county of Bedfordshire, including Dunstable. Our expert team will craft the perfect memorial gravestones for your loved ones, whether it be a full kerbed memorial, cremation plaque or a bespoke headstone. We have a wide range of products available to ensure you have exactly the right tribute.
There’s a lot to think about when planning a burial or cremation, but a good first step forward is choosing the location, then everything else can stem from that. This is because many cemeteries and crematoriums have rules about which bespoke gravestones, traditional headstones or memorial statues are permitted. Once you’ve found the special location for a final resting place, then we can support you as you choose a fitting tribute.
The historic county of Bedfordshire is easily accessible for friends and family to visit and offers so much, from pretty riverside villages to beautiful countryside, and all just a short journey away from London.
You’d be forgiven for thinking all cemeteries are the same until you get researching. The location you choose within Bedfordshire will depend on so many things — whether your loved one wanted a specific spot, whether the location is easily accessible by car, and whether you’re looking for a religious or non-religious ceremony. Perhaps you’d like a location near to the river in the town of Bedford, or you might want a more rural location, like the pretty, riverside market town of Sandy.
To simplify things for you, we’ve put information on each crematorium and cemetery from Google Maps into the interactive map below so you can find what you need quickly and easily. Just hover over each pin to see more information.
Our standard terms for payment are as follows:
20% Deposit when memorial ordered as above.
75% of balance plus burial ground fee payable when permit received from cemetery or church authority. Obtaining permit takes on average 2-3 weeks from first installment.
Final balance payable on completion (ie. when memorial is in place, approximately 12 weeks after receipt of second installment).
The letters for your inscription can be simply cut into the stone and left plain or they can be painted black, white, silver or gilded with gold leaf. They are all equally resillient to the weather but conditions will vary from location to location so the colour chosen should be based simply on personal choice. It is also worth noting that lettering which is placed on flat surfaces (ie on the top of a headstone base) will weather more quickly than those on the face of the headstone.
Yes, absolutely! We can create completely bespoke stones according to your needs. We have created fully carved teddy headstones, replica cartoon characters and even memorials in the shape of the deceased’s initial. Call us to talk through your ideas.
I have no bad words to say about Memorials of Distinction. From the beginning they were extremely helpful as I had no idea where to start. The beautiful work on the memory stone is just incredible and I couldn’t have wished for something more unique. Thank you for your brilliant customer service. Highly recommend.
Chalcraft Cemetery, Bognor Regis, Sussex.
Hannah I. Google Review: 12/09/2021
I would highly recommend this company if you are looking for a headstone. The process of ordering was straight forward, they were efficient & responded quickly. The actual headstone itself is stunning. The craftsmanship in making the angel is outstanding. Very happy.
Hither Green Cemetery, Lewisham, London.
Barbara J. Google Review: 12/07/2021
Memorials of Distinction was the best choice I made to have a headstone made for my dear grandmother. I appreciated their professionalism, their patience when left to make decisions, their advice when it came to wording and layout and their care during such a difficult time. They are always available for any questions asked and always give a prompt reply. They really made the process very easy, even providing a picture when the headstone was installed. My family and I could not recommend Memorials of Distinction enough and appreciate everything they have done especially during a pandemic. Thank you so much Memorials of Distinction.
Channy Google Review: 07/07/2021
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