As well as different types of memorial, there are a variety of lettering and design options to choose from.
In both cemeteries and churchyards, there is a limit to the type of stone and headstone shape you can have, as well as the lettering colour, size and font. Something you have seen and liked in a churchyard may not be an option today. Church Diocese regulations were updated in 2016, and some materials and styles that were allowed prior to this date are no longer allowed.
AB Walker is here to help – we’ll explain the requirements of your chosen churchyard or cemetery so that the memorial option you choose meets the regulations.
Ordering a new memorial stone
With all new memorial work, we will discuss your requirements with you so we have a good understanding of your vision for the memorial. At this stage, we’ll also let you know of any churchyard or cemetery regulations that could affect your choice.
The next step is to provide you with a quote. This will be a full estimate of all memorial costs, so you know upfront exactly what you’ll need to pay and can budget accordingly.
If you decide to go ahead with the memorial, we’ll ask you to return a signed copy of the quote and a completed churchyard or cemetery application form along with payment. Permission is needed for all memorials and it can take up to a month for an application to be granted.
As soon as permission is confirmed, we will order the stone, usually from overseas, which can take 18-20 weeks to arrive. During this time we will send you a proof of your design, including your chosen font and description for you to approve; once the stone has arrived, we’ll complete the inscription as per your wishes. How long this takes depends on the complexity of the memorial, but don’t worry; we’ll give you an expected completion date so you know when your new memorial should be ready.
Once the work has been completed we’ll let you know and send you a photo of your new memorial.
The process is the same if you order one of our memorial stone packages except that we don’t need to order the stone, as we hold it in stock. This means that these memorials could be fitted by our accredited masons within 10-12 weeks at a churchyard or cemetery in Berkshire, West Berkshire or South Oxfordshire.