A memorial plaque is a way to honour somebody’s memory as an alternative to a headstone for a grave. Just as with a headstone, however, it’s important to use a reputable and experienced team of professionals who will be able to engrave a plaque with the design of your choice, using a durable material that will stand the test of time.
Here at Davis Memorials, we continue to use trusted methods of lettering that have been passed down the generations – with our craftsman still practising the skill of in-laid letters on marble and raised lead letters on granite. The materials we use include marble, granite, slate and sandstone.
Where can a memorial plaque be placed?
Memorial plaques can be standalone pieces or attached to something of sentimental importance such as a tree or a bench.
Plaques can also be fixed to a stake and placed in locations such as a garden of remembrance or even a private garden.
Of course, once you have decided on where to put a memorial plaque, you’ll then need to decide on the wording and inscription to be included.
How to choose the wording for memorial plaques
It’s usual to include your loved one’s name on a memorial plaque, alongside their date of birth and death. It might also be possible to use a symbol or image, as well as a short description of their life. Phrases such as ‘Beloved father of’ or ‘Dear Husband of’ are heartfelt and meaningful.
Still, finding the right words and expressions – phrases that are a true reflection of the character of the deceased – can be difficult. Here, it might be possible to borrow from poetry or literature, particularly if the person in question was creative and imaginative.
Other sources of inspiration (and comfort) may be taken from the Bible. Examples include:
- “Sleep on now, and take your rest”
- “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”
- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”
Talk to professional stone masons in Birmingham
If you would like advice about the wording for a memorial plaque or would like to order a beautiful and long-lasting tribute to a loved one, choose Davis Memorials. For stone masons in Birmingham, Kidderminster and the surrounding areas, complete our contact form or call our team on 01384 566 958.