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Memorials are a lasting tribute to those that have
passed on. Putting in stone how you feel about your loved
ones can bring a sense of peace, give closure and help in
the grieving process. A grave may be visited for 100
years by the surviving family, and often provides a link
through the generations to later members of the family
not yet born.
...Where to start
There are often regulations for particular areas which govern the type of memorial you may have. Council cemeteries all specify the type of materials memorials are made of, sizes they allow and whether it will be a lawn plaque or a monumental headstone. Private family cemeteries, or those associated with a marae usually have no such restrictions.
We can advise you of the various options you have once we have established which cemetery is involved and which area of the cemetery the person you are memorialising is interred.
...Parts to a memorial
The wording you choose is one way to make a memorial
more personal. How you express your feelings, and what
you say about a person is carved into stone as a
permanent tribute to the special relationship you shared
There are various ways to have a photograph
transferred to a headstone or plaque.
Artwork on a memorial can make a very special link to someones past work, hobbies, interests, beliefs or personality. Flowers, angels, crosses or other religious emblems are often used, but sporting icons, scenic images, pets, native birds or animals, cultural designs, military badges, and organisation emblems or logos are also popular. If you have an artist in the family, their drawing can be reproduced.
The shape of the headstone you select also can reflect
the person you are memorialising. There are many shapes
to choose from and if you wish, you can design your own!
New technology has provided more opportunities to create
something different, such as dolphins, teddy
bears or hand-carved roses.
Other items may be added to a memorial at a later date, as the family grows. Where suitable, vase blocks may be engraved with names of children born in the years after the memorial is installed. A range of marble statues of angels, Jesus and Mary are also available as an alternative to carved granite. Portraits and artwork can be added at a later date, using the back of the headstone if necessary.
Often space is left on a headstone for an additional
inscription at a later date. There may be many years pass
before that space is required and when the time comes,
family members may decide to start all over again with a
new larger headstone.
Granite prices depend on the size, colour, and number
of polished or carved surfaces. What you can have is
often dictated by the cemetery regulations for the area
your plot is in. For these reasons, prices vary from a
few hundred dollars, to several thousand dollars
there is no average price as too many
different factors have to be taken into consideration.
Check this page for pricing help
or look at our specials page.
Sometimes there are many family members who want to
have input into decisions made when organising a
memorial. There are many things to consider and to
facilitate this we are happy to arrange for group family
conferences in our showroom. When we undertake the
memorial we will provide you with a copy of the layouts
by email so that you can share them with family.
We offer a cleaning and restoration service, to help you maintain your granite memorial. We also undertake refurbishment of bronze plaques.
...Shipping to Pacific Islands
Many of our clients memorials are sent back home to their island of origin. We offer an excellent service of crating the memorial for safety, arranging the shipping and documentation in time for the unveiling and insurance against damage during transit. If your memorial is going to one of the islands, please ensure you come in to arrange it in plenty of time so we can fit the completion time to the shipping schedule. Small panels or plaques can be bubble wrapped and taken with you on the plane as hand luggage.
Glover Memorials has been in the business of making
memorials for over 100 years in the Wellington region and
are proud to have been a founding member of the New
Zealand Master Monumental Masons Association (NZMMMA)