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How to Choose a Memorial Stone for Your Loved One

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Choosing a memorial stone for a loved one is a deeply personal and significant decision. It’s a symbol of your love and respect for the unique personality of the individual who has passed away. Read on for help in how to navigate your options when making your choice.

Understanding your emotions

Before diving into the options, it’s important to acknowledge your feelings. Grief can be overwhelming and the process of selecting a memorial stone should be approached with care. Give yourself time and space to reflect on what will best honour the memory of your loved one.

Type of stone

Memorial stones come in a variety of materials, each with its own characteristics and symbolism. Also, consider the environment where the stone will be placed and the level of maintenance you’re comfortable with when choosing a material.


Durable and traditional, granite is a popular choice. It withstands harsh weather and retains its beauty over time.


Known for its elegant appearance, marble is a softer stone and can weather more over time.


Often used for plaques and combined with other materials, bronze gives a timeless and classic look.

Personalising the tribute

Personalising a memorial stone makes it more than just a marker – it becomes a personal tribute to their life and the special bond you shared. Let’s have a look at some ways to do this.

Engravings and inscriptions

Pick words that meant a lot to your loved one or show who they were. This could be a quote they loved, a simple message, or their name and important dates. Also, think about the style of the writing – fancy, bold, or plain – as this can also show their personality.

Symbols and images

Icons such as religious symbols, flowers, or even custom imagery can add a unique touch. Think about symbols that held special significance or brought joy to your loved one, as these can be a powerful reminder of their passions and beliefs.

Shape and design

From traditional rectangles to more bespoke shapes like hearts or books, the stone’s shape can reflect the personality of your loved one. Also, the texture and finish of the stone can add another layer of meaning.

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Size and budget

Memorial stones come in various sizes and designs, impacting the cost. Set a realistic budget and remember that the value of the stone lies in its sentiment, not its price. Work with your funeral service to find the perfect tribute within your budget.

Regulations and permissions

Check with the cemetery or memorial site for any regulations regarding size, material, or installation. Some places have specific guidelines that must be followed, so it’s important to be informed before making your final decision.

Selecting the perfect memorial stone

When a loved one dies, deciding on a memorial can be a tough emotional challenge, but we’re here to help. Our team at Jamieson Funeral Services will guide you in choosing designs, stones and inscriptions to honour your loved one, all while keeping your budget in mind.

Contact us on 0117 956 4796 to talk through your personal requirements and we can help ease the decision-making burden at this difficult time.

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