Memorial ideas in Bristol

How to remember your loved one in Bristol.

Commemorate the life of your loved one by having their name added to the Book of Remembrance at Canford Cemetery, erect a plaque at Canford Crematorium, or dedicate a tree to them.

Remembering your loved one in Bristol 

When a loved one dies and chooses to have their ashes scattered, their family and friends may want to designate a space in their memory to visit instead of a grave. 

A memorial, such as a dedicated tree or bench, can be a meaningful way to remember your loved one. It can give you a spot to visit and think about your loved one in an area that was significant to them, such as the town where they grew up or their favourite spot in the park. 

In Bristol, there are several ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one, including their own tree, a plaque at the crematorium, or including their name in the Book of Remembrance at the cemetery. 

Find your funeral director in Bristol who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas for a meaningful memorial.

Memorialisation is the process of preserving memories of the person who’s died

This could be displaying a memorial plaque, scattering their ashes in a special place or having a bench created in their memory. 

Book of Remembrance 

Both the Canford Cemetery and Crematorium and South Bristol Cemetery and Crematorium keep Books of Remembrance where your loved one’s name can be added. These books feature pages that are turned daily to today’s date where you can see those that have died on that day before. 

You can enter your loved one’s name and the date they died into the book which you can visit on the anniversary of their death. The hand-painted inscription can be accompanied by miniature artwork like a motif, floral emblem, or coat of arms if you wish. You have the option of five or eight lines for the entry, with the cost varying depending on the length of the entry and any artwork you would like accompanying it. 

The book is displayed in a protective glass-topped cabinet in the cemetery's book room. You can also have copies of the book made as a folded remembrance card or a miniature book where entries can be added at a later date. For any of these options or more information, be sure to contact Bristol Council directly. 

Memorial Plaques

You could place a plaque dedicated to your loved one—at Canford Crematorium, you could have a black granite wall plaque which will be fixed to the wall in the memorial gardens. The six-by-twelve-inch plaque has space for roughly eighty letters depending on the size and layout and can be leased for ten years. 

After ten years, you can renew the plaque, if you’d like to. You can also add photographs, too, or vases where you can place floral tributes. The cost for these plaques and added extras vary, so be sure to contact the crematorium directly for more information about the plaques and how to apply for one. 

The plaques give you a space to visit and pay your respects to your loved ones. The crematorium also offers an incredibly peaceful place to remember your loved one. 

Memorial Tree

Another option is to plant a tree in your loved one’s name. This allows you to plant a new tree or sponsor a tree that has not been planted yet. The cost will cover the tree being planted and two years of watering to ensure that it grows properly. You can also add a plaque to the tree for an additional cost. The plaque has space for seven words, allowing you to put your loved one’s name on the tree. 

You can check out the map on Bristol council’s website to see where you can sponsor a new tree and all the forms that you will need to fill out to apply for the tree. Once your application has been processed and approved you will be sent a certificate and a sitemap of your tree, allowing you to see where your tree is. You can visit the site of your loved one’s tree and pay your respects to them.

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