We offer monumental masonry work, new inscriptions to existing headstones or new headstones and also renovation and cleaning of existing inscriptions, below are the more popular ashes tablet sized stones in black polished granite.
Flat black polished granite stones are the most popular, and many churches are now conforming this as it allows improved maintenance of their ashes gardens as the stone fits flush to the ground.
Tapered black polished granite stones are also popular, although not all Churches allow these due to the shape and that they do not fit flush to the ground.
Tapered black polished granite stones with vase are also popular, although not all Churches allow these due to the shape and that they do not fit flush to the ground.
Interment of Ashes
Options for burying ashes are very similar to those for scattering. They can be buried at a local churchyard, public cemeteries allow purchase of half graves specifically for ashes and of course ashes can be buried in your own garden or strewn at sea. Burying ashes can be more costly than scattering, with grave fees, ministers fees, church fees and then memorial stones. This does, however, give a place for family to visit long after the funeral.
There are many alternate options for ashes and they can be much broader than you might first imagine. Options range from utilising a small amount of ashes to create a 24% lead crystal, one off, blown glass item, such as a paperweight, vase, or necklace keepsake. This sort of thing can be very relevant when children are involved, to help during their bereavement. Other items utilising part of the ashes, are jewellery, with guaranteed certified diamond content. More recently, ashes can be used within a one off custom made fireworks display or flown into space or even scattered from thousands of feet from an aeroplane.
Keeping Hold of the Ashes
You can keep hold of the ashes yourself or we can hold the ashes until you make that final decision. After a period of 6 months we do however make a nominal charge for secure holding of the ashes. Ashes can also be transferred to other crematoria for scattering, interment or split into smaller mini-urns for keepsakes or for other members of family who may live abroad.