3 Considerations When Choosing A Cremation Memorial Stone

Posted on: 6 July 2016

A memorial stone is a lasting tribute and a popular way to honour a loved one who has chosen to be cremated. Choosing a memorial stone at Albany Creek Crematorium while you're grieving can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many other decisions to make at this time. Here's an overview of three considerations when choosing a cremation memorial stone that should help you understand your options:

Choosing The Material

Cremation memorial stones can be made from a variety of materials, but you'll want the stone to be able to withstand the elements over a long period of time. Bronze, granite and marble are hardwearing materials that are often used for memorial stones, but which is the best option for you? Bronze is the most expensive memorial stone material, but it's hardy and doesn't require much care to keep it looking like new. You can clean it once or twice a year with non-ionic soap, and for extra protection, a bronze wax can be applied. Granite is a highly durable material that isn't generally damaged by saltwater or rain, so this may be a good option if your memorial stone will be in a coastal area. You can remove calcium deposits and keep the stone looking good by cleaning it with warm soapy water and a non-metallic brush. Marble is tough, but it can start to wear down over time when it's positioned outdoors. If mould or mildew develops on the marble, simply wipe it off with diluted ammonium hydroxide.

Deciding On A Finish

One you've settled on the kind of material you want the stone to be made from, you can choose a finish for the memorial. Polished, honed and pitched finishes are popular. A polished memorial stone has a reflective finish and keeps its shine, while a honed stone has a smooth, matt finish. If you want your memorial stone to have a rustic look, opt for a pitched finish. This type of finish is created with a bolster and hammer and gives the stone rough and uneven edges.

Selecting The Inscription

Having an inscription added to the memorial stones gives you the opportunity to express your feelings for your loved one and the grief brought by their passing. You can have an inscription carved directly onto the stone or a plaque with the inscription on it can be attached to the memorial stone. It can be difficult to choose an inscription, so here are a few common phrases to consider:

  • Entered into rest
  • A true friend who's sorely missed
  • Forever in our hearts
  • Remembered with love
  • Always loving, always loved
  • His life a beautiful memory, his absence a silent grief

When selecting the memorial stone you'll be able to see finished examples of the type of stone you're considering. Opt for a memorial that fits the personality of the person you're honouring, so it truly reminds you of them.