When a loved one passes away, the costs associated with saying goodbye can feel daunting, especially when you are going through such an emotional time. From funeral costs to probate services, there are many factors to be considered – and at Memorials of Distinction we are here to make the process that bit more straightforward.
With over 35 years’ experience in stonemasonry, we truly understand how to build a lasting, high-quality memorial that will serve as a fitting tribute to your loved one’s life. In this blog post we use our expertise to break down exactly what costs are involved in choosing a headstone for their resting place.
There are many different styles of traditional headstone that you can opt for, depending on you or your loved one’s preference. With ample space for an inscription as well as other decorative features such as photoplaques or sandblasted and etched designs, a traditional headstone remains a popular choice which is highly adaptable.
Common styles of traditional headstone include:
Our memorial headstones start at £990 and vary depending on size and on the materials used. The traditional headstones in our range are carefully hand-crafted using the finest materials and techniques, and can be tailored to your exact needs – whatever you feel is the best way to remember your loved one.
Kerbed memorials are different from conventional headstones because they cover the entire grave – enclosing a space that can be filled with coloured chippings, a cover slab or soil for putting plants and flowers in. With some kerbed memorials, you can choose which of these you would like, while others come with built-in elements such as a cover slab.
They are an excellent way to create extra space for inscriptions, ornaments or other special items, and some have a footplace with additional room for engravings. Kerbed memorials in the Memorials of Distinction collection start from £1982 and many of them can be customised to incorporate the elements you wish.
Choosing the right memorial is never easy, and for a child it can be especially difficult. That’s why we offer a range of headstones with children’s favourite designs and characters on them, including teddy bears and puppies. We are always open to customising our designs so that you can incorporate whichever elements you wish into a child’s headstone.
Our children’s headstones start from £872 and are all made from the finest available materials, and we are confident that we can help you to find the right design.
Our range of cremation and small memorials are designed to create a striking and elegant resting place with a smaller marker, which still allows plenty of space for inscriptions and other decorative additions like photo plaques and etchings.
Our cremation and small memorials start at £398, offering a more affordable option for a scaled-down memorial. With a wide range of designs including open books and hearts, they offer the same high quality and durability as their larger counterparts.
As standard we include fixing costs in all our memorial prices at no extra charge, along with a 30-year guarantee. However, the costs of installing memorials in different burial grounds or churchyards will vary, and generally cover the upkeep of the area around the grave.
Different burial grounds may have their own rules around this which can extend to a year or 18 months. However, we recommend waiting at least six months after burial, if not more, in order to allow the ground to settle properly and prevent problems in the future.
Standard overall height for most memorials are 2ft 6″ or 3ft but we can customise our designs to whatever size or material you need, subject to availability and approval by the cemetery.
A marker is usually a wooden cross or stick with a name or grave number on it, which is placed at the site of a grave after burial. After about a year, when the ground has settled, a headstone or kerb set can be installed on the grave. These will be made from stone, are decorative and are a more permanent fixture to commemorate your loved one.
The items included will be clearly explained in the description text for each product along with the ‘Included in the Price’ section. We also have an ‘Additional Costs’ section on all products where it is relevant. As a general guide, extra costs can include: Cemetery fees, additional sandblasted designs, photo plaques, extra letters (beyond the 80 you get free), bespoke sizes, kerbset chippings etc. We will give you a detailed quote showing all fees and itemised costs, so you know exactly what the bottom line is before placing your order.
May I take the opportunity to commend all those involved for their excellent workmanship in producing a beautiful memorial. I also wish to thank those involved for their guidance, advice and tolerance. With all my thanks.
David O. Sent by email: 05/09/2019
I was recommended to Memorial of Distinction by my late wife’s niece and throughout a very sensitive time in my life I found them to be exceptional. They were sensitive to my needs and kept me informed at all times, the workmanship was outstanding, and the attention to detail was second to none. An outstanding company to deal with, when you have to do something you really don’t want to do.
Aitch1952 Sent by email: 01/07/2020
I could not be more grateful for the team at Memorials of Distinction for all they have done for my family and I. Despite having to work through such a horrible time, they still managed to make a difficult process easier. I am particularly pleasure with the response times and our agents genuine kindness and patience when responding to my many emails! The headstone is absolutely beautiful and collectively I truly believe we have done Mum proud. So I thank you again Memorials of Distinction for providing such a beautiful memorial.
Aisha R. Google Review: 25/08/2020
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