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Tombstones

How to Select a Tombstone Memorial

We hope this easy guide will be of service as you consider how best to pay lasting tribute to your loved one. The elements below will all play a part in your decision.

  • Cemeteries
  • Stone
  • Shape
  • Design
  • Lettering
  • Performance
  • Value

Cemeteries

Firstly we need to know in which section the tombstone memorial will be erected. Many cemeteries have regulations regarding the size of a tombstone memorial.

This will depend on the section of the grave. The common sections are:

  • Berm / Lawn Section – Only a Headstone is allowed to be erected
  • Monumental Section – Full monumental memorials are allowed
  • Memorial or Nish walls – Inscribed plaques

All Tombstone memorials are subjected to permit application.

If unsure please forward the grave details and we will get in contact with the relevant cemetery on your behalf before any purchases are made.

Stone

We manufacture from a number of Granites and marbles namely:

  • Rustenburg Granite
  • Zimbabwe Black Granite
  • African Red Range
  • Parys Granite
  • White/Pink Marble
  • Carrara Marble (White with grey grain)

Consider a colour that will harmonize with the surrounding site or tradition of the part of the country where the burial took place. The most important factor in your choice is your own personal preference or that of the deceased.

Shape

As with choosing the variety of stone for the memorial, choosing the shape should be influenced by the landscape surrounding the final resting place of your family member. It is also wise to choose a shape that will harmonize with adjacent memorials.

The shape of a memorial stone can also reflect and pay tribute to an interest of the family member being memorialized. Memorials of this kind can be particularly arresting because they celebrate—in a very immediate way—the personality of the deceased. We are happy to custom design a stone to meet your needs, we quote from drawing or photographs.

Design

The key element of a tombstone memorial is, of course, the name and dates of your family member’s life. From here, you may want to consider incorporating other elements that evoke and celebrate the life of your loved one. Here are a few ideas:

Add a favourite verse that is significant to your family or family member being memorialized.

Include symbols of religious affiliation, imagery that recalls the special interests of your loved one, or imagery that commemorates an important event or aspect of your family member’s life.

We have hundreds of images to choose from: flowers, religious symbols, angels and animals or, we can create new imagery at your request.

Lettering

The style and size of lettering you choose can also affect the design of your tombstone memorial. Grey and Gold are the most common colours used.

Performance

The monument you purchase should be able to withstand time and weather. It should remain as beautiful as the day it is set. Therefore we only use Granite.

Granite rocks are igneous rocks which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth’s surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stain and uniquely applicable for any interior or exterior use. If polished, its high-gloss finish will endure even in harsh environments.

Our erection procedure are unique and guarantee the best quality for the erection of the memorial.

Value

A Tombstone Memorial is an eternal tribute to your beloved family member. Because of this, a memorial stone above all other purchases, must be of the finest quality. Our craftsmanship, design, and guarantee add up to the kind of quality that has made Martin’s Funerals Tombstone Memorials an enduring value.

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