Dedicate a tree to your loved one, enter their name into the Book of Remembrance, or turn your loved one’s ashes into jewellery and keep the memory of them alive.
Remembering your loved one in Canterbury
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 Canterbury, there are a number of ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one, including their own tree in Barham Crematorium, entering their name into the Book of Remembrance, or turning their ashes into bespoke jewellery.
Find your funeral director in Canterbury 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.
Memorial trees at Barham Crematorium
If your loved one was passionate about nature or taking care of the environment, why not dedicate a tree to them? Planting or dedicating a tree to your loved one is a fitting tribute and offers a living memorial for you and your friends and family to visit.
You can dedicate one of these living memorials to your loved one at Barham Crematorium, where they have already planted a variety of trees in their garden. Each tree is surrounded by granite setts and you can add a dedication plaque to the tree with your loved one’s name on it, if you wish. Doing so allows you to find your loved one’s tree and pay your respects to them when you visit.
The trees and other living memorials are maintained by the crematorium, so you will always find a beautiful memorial that allows you to celebrate and remember the life of your loved one.
Be sure to contact the crematorium directly to find out more about how to dedicate a tree to your loved one and the cost of this.
A unique memorial option is to have your loved one’s ashes turned into jewellery. There are plenty of companies in Canterbury and online that will create bespoke memorial jewellery for you. You could have a locket filled with your loved one’s ashes, or have the ashes turned into part of the jewellery. Either way, you will have a piece of jewellery that celebrates the life of your loved one.
You could also buy personalised jewellery with names or fingerprints engraved into necklaces, bracelets, and rings. It’s also possible to split the ashes, if you’d like to, so that friends and family can also have personalised memorial jewellery of their loved ones.
For more information and pricing, contact your local jeweller directly.
Book of Remembrance at Barham Crematorium
You could enter your loved one’s name into the Book of Remembrance, which is on display in Barham Crematorium's waiting room. The handwritten entries will include the name of your loved one, the date they died, and any other details you’d like to include.
The pages are turned daily, allowing you to visit on the anniversary of your loved one’s death and see their name immortalised in ink. You can choose from two, five, or eight lines about your loved one and add an emblem, motif, or coat of arms if you wish. The price of the entry will vary depending on the number of lines you choose and if you add an emblem or not.
You can also buy a miniature Book of Remembrance or Memorial Cards. These are a fantastic option for those that cannot visit the chapel themselves or would like to have a copy at home.
Arrange a direct cremation
If you’d prefer to arrange a direct cremation, you can have a memorial at any time, anywhere you wish, perhaps at home or your loved one’s favourite pub.