Original Memorials

Original Memorials


Today, more people are chosing to be cremated rather than buried. Six in ten people (58% of the population) opt for cremation which means that you will be limited in the choice of memorials you can choose for your loved one. Cemetery rules differ from one to another but most stipulate that memorials for cremations should be smaller and usually in the form of plaques or cremation stones. Lawn cremation memorials are typically smaller than the standard burial memorials. However, Garden cremation memorials can be used as an alternative to a cemetary gravestone or marker. The garden of remembrance may stipulate a particular size and design.

You may, however, decide not to commemorate your loved one with a memorial in a cemetery but rather in a garden or special place that pays tribute to the departed.

Simon Burns-Cox makes original handcarved memorials for both cremations or remembrance. Simon will create you a unique and special memorial to celebrate the life of the deceased. This can be either for the cemetery or for a garden or special place.


Commissioning a hand carved original memorial is a collaborative process which starts with an initial consultation with the client. Often at the time of bereavement, the client does not know what they require. Simon will take time to talk with the client about the deceased and what would be a suitable memorial for them. This will include the following:

  • The ideas for the design
  • Suitable inscriptions and different types of fonts for the design
  • Relief designs if required
  • The choice of materials to be used, and the maintenance of the material chosen
  • The size of the work and its overall finish
  • Churchyard and Cemetery Regulations regarding cremations.
  • Installation if required
  • The timescale and the costs involved including installation if required
  • Delivery costs

The client will be kept fully informed throughout the whole process.

Costs vary according to the type of stone used, the number of letters carved, the overall design and installation and delivery requirements. For a simple mememial with a brief description, the cost will start from about £1250 upwards depending on the requirements.

There is a fixed cost with payment in advance before the work commences with a written commission agreement. If installation is required, this is an additional cost and may be done by a third party depending on location.

If you would like to discuss your requirements, please contact Simon Burns-Cox at [email protected] or visit his website at www.simonburnscox.co.uk.

Simon Burns-Cox is based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland but works throughout the UK and overseas. All work can be delivered by courier at additional cost.

Simon Burns-Cox is an Associate Member of The Letter Exchange and a Licentiate Member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen, London.

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