Choosing the right memorial for a departed loved one is never easy. At Memorials of Distinction we take pride in the vast range of high-quality, hand-carved headstones and gravestones in our collection, and we truly believe that there is something to suit everyone. However, we understand that only you know how best to remember your loved one – and you may feel that traditional headstones simply do not offer the space to sufficiently pay tribute. That’s why we offer much more than simply headstones.
The main stone and inscription are really just the beginning of a memorial, and with well-chosen decorative elements they can form the foundation of a truly striking resting place. From grave ornaments such as candle boxes and religious icons to memorial statues and memorial vases, we have a huge variety of grave decorations that can make a unique and meaningful addition to the area around the grave. If you want to add lots of flowers and intend to regularly replenish them with fresh ones, our vases of all shapes and sizes can help create a focal point – and you can choose to add just one or as many as you feel you wish to.
For an extra personal touch, our photo plaques, etchings and sandblasted designs allow you to incorporate something truly unique that represents your loved one’s life – whether it’s a hobby, a belief, a favourite piece of art or a treasured item. We have many options to choose from but you can always speak to our friendly team about incorporating your own ideas with our bespoke design service.
Putting additional items on and around a grave elevates it into something that feels truly personal, avoiding the uniformity of a simple headstone which may not stand out from those surrounding it. That’s why at Memorials of Distinction our grave decoration designs cater to all tastes, ensuring you can find the ornament, statue, vase or other decorative item that feels just right.
Once you have chosen the elements that will make up your loved one’s resting place, you might feel that you want a way to unify them all into a single memorial. One of the best ways to do this is to opt for a kerbed memorial. This is a style of memorial that extends from the headstone at ground level to cover the full grave, creating a contained and garden-like effect which complements the items you have chosen, and helps to make them look their best.
The kerbed memorials we offer can be filled with plants and greenery, coloured chippings or a stone cover slab to match the headstone. This marks out a space, inside the grave edging, that you can choose to customise as you wish, truly making the most of the space. Some also incorporate specific design features like the winding path memorial and our open book memorials which allow additional space for an engraving.
Our kerbed memorials come in a diverse range of striking designs, and our prices reflect this. All our kerbed memorials are made from the highest quality materials, drawing on over 35 years of experience in stonemasonry. They come with a 30-year stonework guarantee that ensures a robust and long-lasting marker for your loved one’s resting place. For more information on pricing, please read our blog post on how much is a headstone.
At Memorials of Distinction we can advise you on the rules of your chosen churchyard or burial ground, to determine what aspects of a grave design are suitable and what you may need to alter. Each site has its own restrictions on what can be placed on grave surroundings and what style of memorial can be used, and we are very accustomed to factoring these in while helping you to create something truly unique that reflects the life of your loved one.
If you have any questions about kerbed memorials, grave surround ideas or any other aspect of grave design, do not hesitate to speak to our team today by calling 01582 273024.
Kerbs are a line of stone which forms a rectangular edge covering the whole grave. This is usually made from the same stone as the headstone but can be changed for a contrasting material if preferred. The centre area can be filled with coloured glass chippings, soil or a cover slab according to your taste.
If the particular shape or style of memorial you would like is not in our standard collection, we will be happy to work with you to create something bespoke. Whether it is just swapping one type of vase or statue for another or creating a whole new design, we have the expertise to guide you through it. Call or email us to discuss in more detail or use our Live Chat feature on the bottom right of your screen.
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).
We can not recommend Memorials of Distinction highly enough. As a family we wanted to order two memorials for two cemetery family plots, this could have been very stressful. From the moment of making the initial phone call to book an appointment at the Dunstable branch to completion of the memorials, the staff were very polite, friendly and helpful with a good knowledge to advise on how the end product would look. This was all during the COVID pandemic and although there was a delay at the docks on the material being delivered we were constantly kept updated with the progress. Now the memorials have been placed we could not be more pleased with the quality of the workmanship and without doubt would certainly recommend this company. Many thanks to all staff involved.
Jennifer & Lorraine T. Google Review: 17/03/2021
I was really pleased with my husband’s memorial.. all of the staff (especially Natalie and Sim) were extremely helpful and kind during a very tough time. Thank you so much!
Alanna W. Google Review: 13/03/2021
An excellent service. They have designed three beautiful bespoke memorials on my guidelines – two not based on anything in their catalogue – and were always very prompt, friendly, and helpful with their advice. I am more than satisfied with the results. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Rosemary G. Google Review: 02/03/2021
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