Pay tribute to your loved one with a dedicated memorial bench at Coombe Abbey Park, dedicate a tree to them at War Memorial Park, or enter their name into a Book of Remembrance.
Remembering your loved one in Coventry
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 Coventry, there are several ways you can set up a memorial for your loved one, including their own tree in War Memorial Park or a bench in their honour at Coombe Abbey Park.
Find your funeral director in Coventry 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.
Creating a memorial can be a very personal way to remember your loved one, and deciding how you’re going to commemorate the person who’s died is an important decision to make. A memorial gives you a special place for you to grieve and reflect wherever you’d like..
Coventry Council can provide memorial benches and dedicate memorial trees in all its parks, and in some parks, plaques and markers are available too. There are some restrictions in War Memorial Park, as some trees are dedicated to those lost in conflict. There are also restrictions regarding different memorials and the laying of flowers and other tokens. Unfortunately, you cannot buy or plant your own trees on publicly owned sites.
The cost to dedicate a memorial tree in Coventry to your loved one can vary, but the initial fee covers 12 months of watering and the replacement of the tree if it fails within the first three years. Meanwhile, a tree and a plaque can cost significantly more. Planting can begin at a date you choose, but the council will suggest a more suitable date if they cannot accommodate this. Park officers may also not be able to attend during planting days, and planting usually takes place between November and March.
Wooden memorial benches are only available in some places, and you can request one to be placed in War Memorial Park or Coombe Abbey Park. Each bench will have maintenance included with the cost, but unfortunately will not include the replacement of the bench if it’s damaged.
You can also purchase a picnic bench to remember the person who’s died at Coombe Abbey Park if you’d like.
Book of Remembrance
Entering your loved one’s name into a Book of Remembrance is a permanent, everlasting way to commemorate them and can be viewed daily. Coventry Council’s Book of Remembrance consists of four volumes, each representing a quarter of the year. You can select an anniversary that you would like included in the book. This can be a birthday, wedding anniversary, the date of your loved one’s passing, or any other date that is significant to you.
You can opt for a two-line entry, a five-line entry, or an eight-line entry. The first line of every entry must only bear your loved one’s name. With a five or eight-line inscription, you can add a Coat of Arms, service badge, or a flower motif.
You can choose from several different styles of recordia plaque located in the Gardens of Remembrance, Book Room, and Columbaria. You can also choose from a selection of different finishes for the plaques, such as black leather plaques inscribed with gold, granite panels, Green Brazilian slate panels, or traditional marble plaques.
If you’re interested in a recordia panel, it is a good idea to visit the Gardens of Remembrance to see the different plaques on offer before you make a decision.
Individual Memorial Gardens
Coventry Council has a selection of individual gardens within the Gardens of Remembrance that provide an idyllic and beautiful living tribute to your loved one. You can choose from various ornamental trees and shrubs to ensure that the garden best reflects your loved one. This would be a poignant memorialisation if your loved one enjoyed gardening. You can also place up to six bronze memorial plaques in the garden.