. Why should I memorialise my departed relative?
Would they have wanted it?
Memorials pay respect to the departed but they really are for the
living. They contribute positively to the grieving process, provide a
sense of place and leave a tangible record of a life lived, for the
family and future generations.
- Q. Who may
place a memorial/monument on a burial site?
A. In most cemeteries, the person who holds
the Grant/Licence to the burial site (or if that person is the deceased,
their Executor, Administrator or Authorised person) is the only person
who has the authority to place a memorial on a burial site or cremation
memorial site. Check with the cemetery staff first as prior approval
will be required.
- Q. What types
of memorials are available?
A. As a general rule, most memorials fall into
1. Bronze, Brass or Granite plaque.(cremation memorial or lawn site).
2. Granite or Marble headstone. (usually upright in a lawn section)
3. Full monument, usually of natural stone. (total site covered with a
headstone and ledger (slab)).
The style of monument or memorial plaque
permitted, and any choices available should be made known when
purchasing the Right to the site, and at the time of selection.
- Q. I don't know
about selecting a monument. Where do I start?
A. It is always advisable to start by selecting a qualified Monumental
Mason or at your Cemetery office. You will be able to check correctness of records and be
advised regarding permissible memorials and monuments. The Monumental
Mason or Cemetery may
arrange the memorial and installation for you, but for any stone work it
would be advisable to contact a qualified Monumental Mason.
- Q.Why are some
monuments more expensive than others?
are many options available and prices vary considerably.
A Bronze memorial plaque may be what is required in the cemetery section
you have chosen.
If natural stone or granite is to be used, factors such as size,
uniqueness, adornments and the source of the memorial components will
influence price. Other factors in the price of a granite or stone
monument may be in travel and accommodation costs for the Mason if the
burial site is at a remote distance from the Mason's yard.
Australia is one of the oldest continents on this planet and has a great
variety of granite. Australian granites are equal in quality to any in
the world with a range of spectacular colours available.
- Q.How should I
go about putting a memorial on the grave of my relatives who where
buried a long time ago?
with the cemetery staff. They will be able to assist you with
information no matter how long ago the burials or interment of cremated
- Q.May I arrange
a memorial for a person buried or cremated elsewhere, perhaps
interstate or overseas?
cemeteries or local Monumental Mason's will provide for this type of
memorial. Contact either cemetery staff, or the local Monumental Mason
of your choice regarding options available.
- Q.Why do I need
to pay a cemetery fee to place a memorial?
most cemeteries, when you purchase a monument from a Monumental mason,
that person needs to submit an "Application" or
"Permit" to the Cemetery Authority, giving details and a plan
of the proposed monument. The fee charged ensures some security for you
by enabling the cemetery staff to:-
- Check that the monument will be placed in
the correct site.
- Check that the "Application" has
been signed by the person(s) who has the authority to place a
monument on the site.
- Assure that the details, design and plan of
the monument conforms to the regulations of the Cemetery Authority
concerned, and construction complies with that state or your
- Record the date of placement of the monument
in the records relating to the site, and the name of the Mason who
did the work.
- Check from time to time on your behalf
during the construction of the monument for compliance with the
application and therefore your wishes.
In summary, the Cemetery Authority is looking after your interests.
- Q.Can I insure
are policies available in some States to cover damage to monuments, and
the Cemetery Authority may be able to assist you with further