The importance of memorials as a means of commemorating the life of a loved one; to act as a focus for grief and to form an historical record in years to come has been widely recognised.
In order to allow a wide choice of memorials for you, we work closely with local memorial stone masons and with the National Association of Memorial Masons so depending on the type of grave you purchase, they will be able to advise you of the size and design permitted.
A Memorial Permit Application will need to be submitted prior to any work being carried out in the cemetery. The memorial mason will discuss this application with you and ensure that the correct person signs the application for the intended work.
The application is checked by us to ensure the correct person has signed it, this should be the grave owner. Contact us if you are not sure if you should sign. We check that the dimensions are within our regulations and that the mason is a current member of the British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons
Once the permit is issued and the mason has completed the work, we will check to ensure the memorial is fixed on the correct grave in a satisfactory manner. A permit fee (£85) is charged for this service.
Should you wish for the memorial to be refurbished or cleaned by a memorial mason, a permit must still be applied for. We will carry out the usual checks but to encourage the maintenance of memorials, we will not charge a permit fee.
A small or large wooden cross or marker can be purchased, to be placed at the head of any purchased grave, where regulations permit, and a small cross or marker may be purchased to be placed on any cremated remains plot, where regulations permit.
Each wooden memorial is supplied with a name plate, designed to accommodate a personal inscription.
You will be advised when the memorial has been placed on the grave.
Please post the completed application form and cheque to:
Cardiff Bereavement Services
Memorial safety and maintenance
It is important to remember that whilst we undertake memorial safety checks on a regular basis, by placing a memorial in the cemetery you are accepting a number of responsibilities;
- The memorial remains the property of its owner/s and does not become the property of the Authority at any time.
- You are required to maintain your memorial to a safe condition. Regular maintenance by an approved mason is recommended – they will inspect it and professionally carry out any repairs needed. You may wish to discuss and purchase insurance cover for your memorial.
- As the land owner, the City of Cardiff Council is obliged to ensure its grounds remain safe places for the public. All memorials over 500mm high are tested and if a memorial fails the test it will require a memorial mason to reinstate it to the industry agreed standard of the day at the expense of the grave owner.
- A ground anchor system has been used in the majority of memorial fixings since 2000 on memorials over 500mm in height and any older memorial that fails the safety test will be required to be refixed with the ground anchor system used.
- All work carried out comes with a Certificate of Conformity from the memorial mason. This should ensure that the memorial will not fail the safety test in the future.
Unfortunately accidents do occasionally occur in cemeteries. One example is where a person uses a nearby memorial as a hand support when tending a grave. Please be aware of this and do not use the memorial in this way.
Some sections allow for the placing of kerbs or edgings around the grave. Sometimes these can be difficult to see and cause a trip hazard.
Please do not allow children to play in the cemetery or visit without an adult.
Staff are fully aware of the need to maintain the cemetery to a high standard. The majority of this maintenance involves grass cutting by ride on mower and strimmer. Unfortunately strimming grass does cause the cuttings to blow onto the memorials as the staff work. Grass cuttings will not damage the memorial and can be wiped off.
If you believe that grounds maintenance work or grave excavation work has affected your memorial, please contact a member of staff to discuss so that it can be inspected and assessed. Although this may be upsetting for you, please remember that staff will never intentionally do anything that may cause damage to any memorial.
With approx. 300 acres of cemetery space and over 200,000 memorials we have quite a task!