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Today, headstones are used to remember and celebrate departed family and friends and will be a memorial for a loved one for many years to come. A headstone enables you to visit and have quiet time to reflect and remember your loved one. The design should not only mirror the deceased’s personal tastes but can also represent the way in which they lived their life.
When the time comes to decide you’ll be faced with many questions – “Where do I start?”, “What type of headstones are permitted?” and making a choice during this difficult period can be stressful. That’s why we’re here to help.
Choosing the inscription is the final stage when choosing a headstone and it is probably the most daunting. This will be the final personal message for your loved one. It should be quite short, dignified and sum up their life.
These phrases are often used on headstones either alone or alongside other, more personal messages:
- Gone, but not forgotten.
- In loving memory of…
- Forever in our hearts.
- Always in our hearts.
- Entered into rest.
- Rest in peace.
Selecting a Stone Mason to produce a headstone for your loved one can be a difficult choice, with many headstone companies to choose from.
South Wales Monuments crafts expert headstones in Bristol
South Wales Monuments was established in 1982 by experienced stonemasons. We have vast expertise and experience in headstone design and style, creation, installation and maintenance. We also offer a headstone repair service, should your headstone sustain any damage. For tombstones in Bristol, choose South Wales Monuments for a comprehensive, compassionate service.
Helping you each step of the way
South Wales Monuments will work with you to make sure your memorial tribute is original and meets your specifications. We’ll offer you and your family a compassionate and personalised service at all times.
We have a team of experienced staff members that will take you step by step through the entire process of selecting a headstone, tombstone or memorial, and creating the best inscription and epitaph. We offer a wide range of memorials for both adults and children.
South Wales Monuments covers the complete South Wales region and extends into Bristol. You’re welcome to visit us in branch. Or, we can arrange a home visit.
We complete all necessary documents such as church and local authority permits, memorial rights and other permits so you don’t need to worry about any of this. We ask that a deposit of 50 percent of the associated fee for the headstone is paid when you have decided on your design and the material that will be used.
If you have a specific idea in mind, let us know. Our experienced craftsmen can create incredible bespoke designs. Call us on 02920 887188.
Our products and services
South Wales Monuments provides customers with the freedom to choose the type of headstones and the kinds of images and texts they wish to use. Each letter plays a significant role and can determine the overall outlook of the style and design. You can choose between the available kinds of headstones or if you have something else in mind just give us a call and ask us. We’ll endeavour to bring your ideas to fruition.
Below are some different types of headstones available in Bristol.
Flat headstones are occasionally referred to as flat tablets or flat markers and are typically manufactured employing bronze or granite. They can be either designed parallel with the floor or elevated slightly while slanting from the back. Like conventional headstones, these come in numerous materials, dimensions, colour and surface finishes.
Browse some of our flat headstones.
This represents one of the most regular designs typically constructed from limestone, marble or granite. Upright headstones are pinned to the ground and supported by a cement base. The size and style pretty much depend on the customer’s specification, nevertheless, typical upright designs have a height of 45 inches, a width of 30 inches and depth of 6 inches.
Browse our upright headstones.
These are generally full-length headstones which are constructed lying flat in parallel with the ground. The most popular depth dimensions are normally 4 inches and offer a lot of space for personal expression. Kerbed headstones can utilise combining bevel and slant markers in conjunction with the normal upright headstones.
Take a look at some of our kerbed headstones.
Memorials for Cremation
Memorials for cremation have a lot in common with upright headstones; with the addition of a container, normally hollowed granite, to hold cremated remains for both sides. One More marked difference is that these memorials for cremation are installed away from the headstone.
Browse through our range of cremation memorials.
Cremation and Memorial Benches
You can alternate headstones with cremation benches if you don’t need a cement base. Some designs have the capacity to contain the remains of 1 to 6 people. Cremation benches are generally used to improve the look of commemorative gardens.
Contact us today to discuss memorial benches.
For a range of memorials and headstones in Bristol, get in touch today on 02920 887188.
Different headstone materials to choose from
We’ll help you to choose the type of headstone material you would like. Headstone material choice is vital as it has an effect on your placement alternatives and aesthetic features of the headstone style and design. Furthermore, the type of stone you decide on determines the sturdiness of the headstone. Don’t worry, our friendly experts will be able to advise you on the best material for your headstone.
Below are a few different options to consider.
White Marble Headstones
White marble is a vibrant material which includes remarkable grey and blue textures. Craftsmen habitually give it a fine rub for a gentle appearance and feel. However, it is prohibited in some church landscapes and not well suited for really wet locations due to its fragility.
It’s regarded as one of the most adaptable and durable materials of all. It comes in a wide array of colours and surface finishes. Granite headstones are normally accepted in churchyards as people like their visual attributes.
Well-liked because of their durability. The downside of bronze is that it darkens over time. However, it doesn’t need lots of routine maintenance. It is more expensive than marble and infrequently found in churchyards.
A kind of grey limestone that discolours and hardens with time, resulting in a weathered and worn appearance. It’s widely used in churchyards. It’s hard to read inscriptions on it due to its colouring, and one has to rely on shadow, so it requires the use of capital letters and heavy cuts. A wonderful headstone when manufactured by expert tradesmen.
A variety of limestone that includes a beige hue. It’s often rubbed to obtain a smooth finish. Generally permitted in churchyards but not as long-lasting as white marble or granite.
It is a delicate subject when talking about children’s memorials, but our team has the right experience to be able to deal with a children’s memorial request. South Wales Monuments can help you choose the perfect memorial to remember your child or relative in a beautiful, personal way.
Below are a few of our more popular options for children’s memorials. However, if you have an idea in mind, get in touch and let us know as we can create this for you.
Browse our range of unique children’s memorials.
- Heart Memorial
Our heart memorials are handcrafted by our expert stonemasons to create a beautiful memorial that can also include carved roses if requested. The price on our heart memorials also includes a 120-letter inscription, so that you can incorporate a special message for your little one.
- Sports & Activities Memorial
A lovely way to remember a child is through their favourite hobby or sport. We offer personal memorials such as our football memorials that can be personalised to the child. We can handcraft any type of memorial relating to an activity, such as music or a specific toy that reminds you of them. We have created a range of bespoke memorials for people, just call us if you need a special or specific theme.
- Teddy Bear Memorial
Teddy bears represent the innocence of children and is often used to commemorate a young child. The most common teddy bear choice for a memorial is usually Winnie the Pooh or Paddington, but we can handcraft any other specific teddy bears on request. Our teddy bear memorials typically include a 60-letter inscription, however if you need a longer message then we can accommodate your needs.
- Cartoon Memorial
Like sport memorials, we produce cartoon memorials so you can purchase a more personal and unique memorial. Characters from shows or films such as Disney may have held a special place in your child’s heart, making it a nice way to remember them. We can handcraft a range of cartoon memorials.
- Cherub/Angel Memorial
These cherub and angel memorials are beautiful choices for a children’s memorial if you’re looking for something more sophisticated or for an older child. These are carved and engraved to the highest quality to produce a beautiful memorial. These can be personalised specifically to represent the relationship of the entire family or the individual person.
For gravestones in Bristol, get in touch with South Wales Monuments today.
Selecting headstone surface finishes
After deciding on headstone materials, South Wales Monuments will invite you to decide a finish that resonates with you. A finish considerably determines the durability and appearance of the headstone. The options you’ll find at South Wales Monuments Headstones of Distinction incorporate pitched, polished, part- polished and honed. We’ll help you select the right finish for you.
Choosing your style and design
Once you have chosen the material, shape and size of the headstone, and after you’ve completed your epitaph and selected your images, we will help you with the design and style. Whilst there are numerous designs and sizes, you can customise your headstone. Some of the variations you may choose on the headstone consist of fonts, imagery, colouring, stones, contours and mouldings, military outlooks and children designs.
The choice is up to you and remember, if you have a specific idea in mind, let us know.
Why go with South Wales Monuments for Headstones Bristol?
Find out more about us on our About Us page.
We have nearly 40 years of experience in the industry and therefore have the expertise to create the perfect memorial for you. Our team will be able to advise you on your options and provide you with the support that you need.
- Personalised Service
The team at South Wales Monuments Headstones of Distinction has been providing high-quality memorial services to clients throughout Bristol for many years. From our craftsmen to the in-house team, you will be able to get the information and help you need. The entire process will be taken care of.
- Services from South Wales to Bristol
We service a range of areas from South Wales to Bristol. The service will include producing your memorial, installing it in the specified location and maintaining the memorial as it wears over time. We can cater to a range of areas, so just give us a call to check that you’re in the catchment area and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Maintenance and cleaning
As a result of unmanageable factors like climate, pollution and placement, your headstone may need aftercare or repairs and maintenance. South Wales Monuments Headstones of Distinction gives faultless aftercare solutions carried out by our very skilled craftsmen. The aftercare and protection come as a five-year reasonably priced plan which begins as soon as your memorial is fitted.
Whilst mishaps are rare in cemeteries, memorial safety is always important, which is why local authorities have to carry out checks within their cemeteries. South Wales Monuments uses modern day approaches of erection such as ground anchors which can be fitted beneath memorials. This tends to ensure that the memorial never falls over. Ensuring an enduring memorial for the one you love.
To find out more about our headstone maintenance and repair services, get in touch today.
We have been supporting families to create wonderful headstones, tombstones, memorial stones and memorial benches for nearly four decades. We take great pride in every piece we build. We handcraft each and every stone, to your wishes, making certain that you’re delighted with the remembrance piece of the one you love.
For more information on our products and services or if you are looking for Headstones in Bristol, be sure to phone our warm and friendly team on 029 2088 7188.
Sarah Wirth is the content writer for South Wales Monuments and updates our blog regularly with helpful advice and new information.