Memorials

A variety of memorials are permitted to accommodate the wishes of the relatives of those buried at the cemeteries.

Before a memorial is installed the owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial must approach their chosen memorial mason and an application form must be submitted to the Council.

The owner of the Exclusive Right of Burial is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of any memorial on a grave. Thankfully, instances of vandalism or theft in our cemeteries are very rare. However, we strongly recommend that owners consider appropriate insurance cover as the Council's own insurance does not cover these risks. Your chosen memorial mason should be able to offer you further advice on this.

Provision of a temporary grave marker is included in the fee for the Exclusive Right of Burial. This will be removed 12 months after the date of burial or when a permanent memorial is installed (whichever is the soonest).

Memorial safety is an essential part of our commitment to provide well maintained cemeteries. Only memorial masons, who are registered with the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons (BRAMM) and/or the National Association of Memorial Masons (NAMM) will be permitted to carry out work in the cemeteries. All work carried out in the cemeteries must adhere to the current NAMM standards.

We reserve the right to decline any memorial and/or inscription that we deem to be offensive or inappropriate for the cemeteries.

There are other memorial options available to people who may wish to have a place to remember a loved one who may not be buried at one of our cemeteries.

· Adopt-a-Tree Scheme

· Memorial Plaque Lease – Granite Bird Bath (Sytch Lane Cemetery only)

· Memorial Plaque Lease - Bench

These options are available on a lease basis for either three, five or ten years.

Information for memorial masons on maximum sizes permitted for memorials in each specific burial section is below.

For further details please contact us on 01902 696111 or at bereavementservices@sstaffs.gov.uk

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