What to put on a Memorial Plaque

All over the world, there are many traditions of memorializing and commemorating loved ones who have gone before us. Apart from gravestones which usually give a brief summary of a person’s life, memorial plaques allow us to celebrate the uniqueness of that person and our relationship with them in a more personal and intimate way

Although there are many “best practices” regarding the tablet design, ultimately, what to put on a memorial plaque depends on your own personal needs. With this in mind, it is our hope the below recommendations will give you a better understanding of why memorial plaques are important and help you compose the perfect tribute to commemorate your loved one.

Grave with headstone and heart-shaped granite memorial plaque
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What is a Memorial Plaque?

Sometimes referred to as grave markers, memorial tablets, commemorative plaques, or even name plates for graves, a memorial plaque is usually made from a plate of metal or a stone slab, engraved with inscriptions, images, or photographs, to honour the memory of a deceased person or persons.

What is the difference between a headstone and a plaque?

Family Grave with granite headstone and 2 granite memorial plaques

By and large, headstones are an upright monument, fixed in position, marking the burial place of a deceased person. Whereas memorial plaques for graves are much smaller in size, are not usually fixed in position, and for the most part are placed inside the grave plot, beside the headstone.

Unlike headstones, name plates for graves tend to be a more personal memorialization, relaying sentiments of love and remembrance from individual family members and friends.

Where can I put a memorial plaque?

Commemoration plaque with photo placed under a tree

Although graveyard memorial plaques are the most common, remembrance gifts can also be placed at other public locations and in your own private residence. Some of the most well-known places where you can put a memorial plaque include the following locations:

  • Positioned on your loved one’s Grave.
  • On or next to a remembrance tree, dedicated to the life of your loved one.
  • In your own private garden or in a public garden of remembrance.
  • Inside a Church or outside on Church grounds.
  • Where your loved one’s ashes were scattered.
  • Fixed to a commemorative bench, in memory of your loved one.
  • On the roadside, close to the area where a life was lost.

When considering displaying a commemoration plaque in a public location, it’s important to seek permission from the local authorities or the landowner beforehand. For the most part, permission is not required for memorial garden plaques or to place a grave maker on your own family burial ground.

Why are memorial plaques important?

Heart shaped grave marker with father photo and remembrance verse

In addition to keeping our loved one’s legacy alive, memorial tablets serve as reminders of their lives and provide us with a sense of continuity and connection to the past. The following are some reasons why a plaque in memory of a loved one is so important:

  • Grave plaques serve as a celebration of our loved one’s life.
  • They help convey personal sentiments of love and remembrance.
  • To commemorate an anniversary or special occasion.
  • To showcase a hobby or something the deceased was passionate about.
  • They offer comfort and help with our grieving process.
  • Grave markers provide a place to display a memorialized portrait or special image.
  • They provide you with a place for prayer and reflection.

Compared to headstones, personalized grave plaques serve as a focal point for grief. In particular, a funeral memorial plaque allows people to express their feelings and find some measure of comfort following the recent death of a family member or close friend. And unlike gravestones which can take up to 1 year to erect, funeral grave markers can be placed by a graveside immediately after a burial.

What are memorial plaques made of?

Commemorative plaques are made from durable, hard-wearing materials with a high resistance to the outdoor elements and low maintenance properties. Various types of metals like brass and bronze or stones like marble and granite are the most well-known and traditional materials for plaques. Some of the best materials for memorial plaques used in today’s world include the following:

  • MetalsAluminium, Brass, Bronze, Stainless Steel, and Zink.
  • StonesGranite, Limestone, Marble, and Slate.
  • WoodAlder, Cherry, Maple, Oak, Teek, and Walnut.
  • Modern Crystal, Glass, and Porcelain.
  • SyntheticAcrylic, Plastic, PVC, and Resin.

Although the majority of the above materials have a good lifespan, some synthetic materials do not take well to the outdoor elements. In particular, many cheap grave markers made from resin are notorious for gathering algae and will need regular grave maintenance to keep them in good condition.

What is the best material for a grave plaque?

Although certain metals and woods are durable and popular materials for graveside memorials, none can compare to the resilience of granite. Because of its hardness, durability, and ease of maintenance, granite is and continues to be the number one choice not only for cemetery headstones but for all memorial plaques with photos and inscriptions as well.

Unlike any other material, granite memorial plaques for graves have the resistance to withstand the harshest of climates and have proven to stand the test of time. Together with its natural aesthetic appearance, versatility for carving and engraving on, and its affordability, granite grave markers lead the way in every department.

Commemorative Plaque Designs

Popular grave plaque designs with wording and images

If you intend placing your grave marker alongside an existing headstone, which is very often the case, its important to consider a memorial plaque design that complements your gravestone. Various granite colours are available to help you achieve this, along with a wide selection of headstone fonts to match existing inscriptions.

It’s also important to note that some commemoration plaque designs are limited to what you can put on them. For example, rectangular-shaped memorials allow for optimal wording and images, whereas heart-shaped memorial plaques, are more restricted for wording, especially if you intend adopting your loved one’s photo or an image.

Examples of grave plaques

Commemorative grave plaques for a mother and a father

Although many custom-made grave markers in various shapes can be made, the two most popular granite designs are rectangular and heart-shaped. With this in mind, we have selected some examples of grave plaques, to help give you an idea of commonly used designs along with some ideas of what to put on a memorial plaque.

What size is a grave plaque?

Grave plaques come in many different sizes, but before deciding on the most appropriate size, it’s important to consider the space available for the stone plate. Also, if there is an existing gravestone or other grave accessories already in place try to keep the proportions of your new plaque concurrent, to avoid your commemoration gift overpowering the grave.

Small memorial plaquettes

Heart Shaped and Rectangles Shaped small grave plaque examples

Small memorial plaquettes are usually placed on a single grave plot, on a burial ground confined to space, or are placed on a grave as a marker, prior to the erection of a headstone. Apart from graves, granite plaquettes are mostly used for tree memorial plaques and for memorial benches.

  • Small rectangle stone plate size: 12 x 8 inches. Weight: 8KG.
  • Small heart-shaped stone plate size: 10 x 10 inches. Weight: 8KG.

Small memorial plaques for graves come in various granite colours and have a stand secured to the back. Prices for rectangle plaquettes are €185 while small heart plaquettes are €220.

Medium grave plaques

Granite memorial plaques with portraits and headstone inscriptions for graves

Medium grave plaques are the most used and are appropriate for nearly all grave sizes. Compared to smaller plaquettes, the medium size allows for more words to put on a memorial plaque while also allowing room to feature an image or memorial photograph of your loved one.

  • Medium rectangle stone plate size: 15 x 10 inches. Weight: 10KG.
  • Medium heart-shaped stone plate size: 14 x 14 inches. Weight: 10KG.

Medium-sized granite graveyard plaques are available in various stone colours and have a stand fixed to the back. Medium rectangles are €220 while heart-shaped designs are €255.

Large memorial plaques

Big granite grave plaques with memorial images photos and gravestone epitaphs

Large memorial plaques are generally placed on a large grave plot or an area with more space. Larger memorials also have the added advantage of allowing for more memorial plaque wording along with multiple images or photos. Apart from graves, larger stone plates are mostly used for roadside memorial markers.

  • Large rectangle stone plate size: 18 x 12 inches. Weight: 12KG.
  • Large heart-shaped stone plate size: 18 x 18 inches. Weight: 14KG.

Large granite remembrance plaques come in exclusive colours and have a stand secured to the back. Large granite memorials are €255 while large heart-shaped designs begin at €325.

Arranging a Memorial Plaque

Although permission is not usually required to place a grave marker on your own family grave plot, some cemeteries have restrictions on grave ornaments. Bearing this in mind, it’s good to check with your local cemetery authorities first before arranging a memorial plaque for your loved one.

When arranging the actual memorial stone design, it’s always important to consider size first. For example, with a small plaquette you are limited to space for engraving. Whereas with medium and large grave stones, longer remembrance verses, portraits or images can be engraved if required.

What to say on a memorial plaque

Going through old photographs for memorization

Memorial tablets are a very personal remembrance, so choosing a commemorative inscription can take time. In truth, there is no set protocol or no rules to be adhered to when deciding what to say on a memorial plaque. And sometimes you don’t have to say anything… a photograph can say it all!

Before making your decision, try to visualize the way the deceased lived their life, the things they loved, and the things they would be remembered most for. Thinking of memorial tributes on plaques can be challenging, so to give you some inspiration on finding words of remembrance for a loved one it can be helpful to consider the following:

  • How would they like to be remembered?
  • What was your dearest memory of them?
  • Had they a favourite hobby or pastime?
  • Did they have a personal saying or phrase?
  • What were their best characteristics?
  • Were any special moments captured on camera?
  • Did their faith play an important role in their life?

Asking yourself such questions, provides inspiration for writing a memorial plaque. Do some research and try to get some feedback from family members and friends before you commit. Go through all your old photographs and if you come across a good remembrance portrait, consider it as part of your design.

Names and dates for memorial tablets

Names and dates are not always necessary for personalized memorial plaques as these are engraved on the deceased’s headstone. However, if there is no gravestone or if your tribute is being placed somewhere other than the graveside, then it’s important to incorporate your loved one’s name and dates as part of the commemorative plaque wording.

For some, dates are not important, and for others, they’re a must-have. It all depends on your own personal preference, and as to whether or not your loved one was reluctant to make their age known during their lifetime. The following are some memorial plaque wording examples for dates and how to best format them.

  • Years: 1959 – 2029.
  • Dates: 08.12.1954 – 24.03.2027.
  • Dates with words: 5th June 1962 – 12th August 2028.
  • Date of death only: 14th July 2026
  • Date of death with age: Died 2nd March 2030, aged 78 years.

If you are looking for an alternative to the word “died” the following are some options to consider:

  • Called home on 19th February 2032.
  • Passed away on 7th October 2035.
  • Departed this life on 30th September 2033.
  • Gone to his/her eternal resting place on 7th May 2034.
  • Born to eternal life on 25th November 2031.

Like dates, if your loved one’s full name is already incorporated into their gravestone design, then only having their first name engraved on their commemorative plaque is sufficient. Sometimes, the person’s actual signature can be memorialized and engraved onto the granite, as opposed to using a standard font.

How to word a commemorative plaque

2 heart shaped granite plaques with inscriptions and a butterfly

The golden rule when composing wording for a memorial plaque is to keep it short! No matter what stone plate size you choose if you have too much wording on it, your message will become lost. The key here is to be concise, avoid trying to cram too much in, and always keep in mind that less is more when thinking of what to put on a memorial plaque.

Compared to long drawn-out grave marker epitaphs, wording kept to a minimum is much more legible, allowing people to instantly get the message. As an example of this, we have displayed two granite heart memorials above. The first with a long inscription and the second with a shorter inscription. Which of the two would you read and remember?

Grave Plaque Inscriptions

As a rule of thumb, if a headstone is in place, try not to repeat gravestone wording that already exists. For example, generic phrases like “In loving Memory” or “Rest in peace” are best kept for headstones. Instead, try to convey more personal and intimate sentiments for your grave plaque messages.

Ultimately, grave plaque wording ideas should incorporate and reflect the life and love of your loved one in a truly personalised way. To this end, we have compiled a list of commemorative verses and short quotes for memorial plaques, which we hope will inspire and help you find the right words to say.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a father

ideas of what to put on a memorial plaque for a father

Below are some short in-memory verses and quotes for Dad memorial plaques. For further reading please see our verses and quotes for grandfather memorial gifts which can be used conjointly with the below in memory of Dad quotes.

  1. A father’s wisdom is a light that shines forever.
  2. We have lost, Heaven has gained, the most wonderful Dad this world contained. There’s just one thing that makes us glad, God chose you to be our Dad.
  3. Amidst tears, we celebrate a life well lived, a Dad who taught us how to love and forgive. Though he’s gone, his spirit remains strong, guiding us through life, where we belong.
  4. A loving Dad, tender, and kind, what a beautiful memory you left behind.
  5. Heavenly Father, hear my prayer. Guide my Dad with tender care. Love him in Heaven as I did at home. The dearest Father this world could hold.
  6. Your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.
  7. Your life was love and labour, your love for your family true. You did your best for all of us Dad, we will always remember you.
  8. An understanding heart, an intelligent mind, we miss you Dad, you were one of a kind.
  9. The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day. But the love and memory of you dear Father, shall never pass away.
  10. There’s a place in our hearts that no one can fill, we miss you Dad, and always will.

For more inspiration view our memorial poems for a father to help you find the perfect tribute to commemorate a special Dad.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a mother

ideas of what to put on a memorial plaque for a mother

To help you find the perfect tribute for your mother memorial plaque we have compiled some popular verses to take inspiration from. Located a little further down, our memorial quotes for a grandmother are also appropriate to pay tribute to a mother.

  1. A mother’s love lasts forever.
  2. Your life was one of kindly deeds, a helping hand for others’ needs. Sincere and true in heart and mind, such beautiful memories you left behind.
  3. Through tears we mourn, but courage we find, for in your memory, strength we bind. Rest now, dear mother, in eternal peace, your legacy of love will never cease.
  4. A mother holds her children’s hands for a while… Their hearts forever.
  5. A life so beautifully lived; a heart so deeply loved.
  6. Your gentle touch and loving smile guided us through every trial. Now you rest in God’s embrace, with everlasting love and grace.
  7. A light has gone out of our lives, but the love you gave will shine forever.
  8. In life and death, your love will always be our guiding light.
  9. You gave me life to live as I please. You gave me love and support to follow my dreams. Your beauty lives forever in my soul. The memory of your love fills my heart… I am never alone.
  10. Grace was in her steps, Heaven in her eye, in every gesture, dignity, and love.

For more ideas on wording to commemorate a mother please see our memorial poems for a mother, all of which can be engraved on your grave name plate.

10 memorial tributes for both parents

Portrait memorial plaque for a mother and father

Commemorating parents with a Mum & Dad memorial plaque is a fitting way of keeping their memory alive. Memorial plaque wording for parents, engraved with their photo on a plaquette can be comforting when remembering someone on their death anniversary or special occasion.

  1. You infused our days with meaning… may we continue the legacy of compassion and service modelled selflessly for us all.
  2. Together in life, in love, and forever.
  3. As we loved you, so we miss you. In our memory you are near. Loved, remembered, longed for always, bringing many a silent tear.
  4. Your love will light our way. Your memory will forever be with us.
  5. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
  6. You showered us with an ocean of love. We will carry those treasured memories of our times together in our hearts forever.
  7. Just a prayer from the family who loved you, just a memory fond and true. In our hearts you will live forever because we thought the world of you.
  8. May the winds of love blow softly and whisper for you to hear, that we love and remember you and forever keep you near.
  9. The memories we made are ties that death cannot sever. You are still with us, now and forever.
  10. You taught us to see beauty everywhere by finding wonder along the path we walked together.

For further inspiration, please see our memorial quotes for grandparents, which can also be used or modified to suit a mother and a father.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a grandad

rectangle grave plaque engraved with golf bag, golf ball and short memorial poem

Paying tribute to a grandfather who passed away with a remembrance gift is a special way of capturing the impact he had on your life. Along with the below verses, our father’s remembrance quotes are also appropriate for a grandad memorial plaque and can be used side-by-side if needed.

  1. His nature was loving and giving, his heart was made of gold. And to us who truly loved him, his memory will never grow old.
  2. Fond memories linger every day. Remembrance keeps him near. Gone is the face we loved so dear. Silent is the voice we loved to hear.
  3. What I would give to clasp his hand, his happy face to see. To hear his voice and see his smile that meant so much to me.
  4. You left us peaceful memories; your love is still our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.
  5. We lost a grandad with a heart of gold. How much we miss him can never be told. He shared our troubles and helped us along. If we follow in his footsteps we will never go wrong.
  6. A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.
  7. As you were, you will always be, a wonderful part of our family. Although we were not there to say goodbye, our memories of you will never die.
  8. Gone are the days we used to share, but in our hearts, you are always there. The gates of memory will never close, we miss you more than anyone knows.
  9. Without farewell, you fell asleep and left fond memories for us to keep. Treasure him Lord in your garden of rest, for while on earth he was one of the best.
  10. A wonderful grandad gone to rest, for all of us he did his best. His love was great, his heart was kind, a better grandad no one could find.

For more inspiration on finding an appropriate verse or quote for a grandad please see our memorial poems for a father, which can be adapted to suit a grandfather.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a grandmother

Black granite heart memorial with dove and memorial poem

As well as the below memorial sayings for a grandma, our verses for a mother are also appropriate when composing your tributes. Memorializing her family legacy and the footprints she left behind on a grandmother memorial plaque will leave a lasting remembrance at her place of rest.

  1. Her love, a symphony, now echoes through the ages.
  2. Though tears may flow, and sorrow may weigh heavy, we find comfort in knowing you’re in a place so heavenly. Your life may have ended, but your love lives on. In the hearts of those you touched, you will never truly be gone.
  3. In memory of a life so beautifully lived and a heart so deeply loved.
  4. Always a smile, instead of a frown. Always a hand when we were down. Always true, thoughtful and kind, such wonderful memories she left behind.
  5. She loved deeply and left a legacy of grace.
  6. A life well-lived, now peacefully at rest, in the loving embrace of God, you are now blessed. The pain of loss may sting, but our faith remains true, that in Heaven’s embrace, we will one day join you.
  7. Her light will shine eternally.
  8. You never failed to do your best, your heart was true and tender. You simply lived for those you loved, and those you loved remember.
  9. Grandma, your love, a treasure untold. In god’s love, your heart unfolds. Your prayers, like whispers in the night, in our lives, you’ve made everything right.
  10. To hear your voice and see you smile, to sit and talk for just a while. To have our grandmother back in the same old way, would be our dearest wish today.

For more ideas when composing a fitting tribute for a grandmother, you can take inspiration from our memorial poems and verses for a mother which can easily be adopted to suit a grandma.

10 memorial tributes for both grandparents

rustic black granite grave plaque with inscriptions.

To help you find the perfect tribute, our grandparent’s memorial quotes convey sentiments of remembrance and appreciation for their presence in our lives. Expressing their legacy and memorializing it on a grandparent’s memorial plaque will keep your memory of them alive forever.

  1. Sunshine passes, shadows fall. Love’s remembrance outlasts all. And though the years be many or few, they are filled with remembrance of you.
  2. You gave us years of happiness, then came sorrow with tears. You left us lovely memories; we will treasure through the years.
  3. Beautiful memories silently kept, of grandparents that we loved and will never forget.
  4. Those we hold most dear never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives.
  5. Loving memories never die, as years roll on and days pass by. In our hearts, a memory is kept, of ones we loved and will never forget.
  6. The years may pass, but still, you stay. As near and dear as yesterday.
  7. You left us beautiful memories; your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, you’re always at our side.
  8. Thank you for the years we shared, the love you gave, the way you cared. In our hearts you’ll always stay, loved, and remembered every day.
  9. Wherever beautiful souls have been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.
  10. As each day dawns we think of you. As each night falls, we pray for you. And throughout our lives, no matter where, in our hearts you are always there.

You can also refer to our commemorative verses and quotes for both parents which are similar to memorial tributes for grandparents and can be used in conjunction with each other.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a son or daughter

Small grave plaque with dove and memorial tribute

Our memorial quotes for a son or daughter can be modified to be a tribute from one or both parents. Similarly, short son and daughter memorial poems, as displayed on our son memorial gift can also be altered to be a commemoration from either a mother or a father, or from both parents.

  1. You inked your love permanently in the journal of my life’s story. No ending can erase the chapters we shared.
  2. Sadly, missed along life’s way, quietly remembered every day, No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts, you’re always there.
  3. Dear God in Heaven, please hear our prayer. Guard our little daughter with tender love and care. Don’t leave her alone, love her Lord as we did at home. She was someone special, someone set apart. She was our special daughter and with her went our heart.
  4. There are no goodbyes, wherever you’ll be, you’ll be in my heart.
  5. We shared life’s sweetest moments together. I will cherish those memories until we meet again.
  6. Though your loss leaves an ache no words can heal, your love stays nestled eternally in my heart.
  7. A smile as bright as the stars, a spirit the world was blessed to know.
  8. Not gone from Daddy’s memory, not gone from Mammy’s love. But gone to shine with Jesus in His beautiful home above.
  9. Your laughter still sparkles like sunlight on water. My heart skips a beat each time I hear it in my memory.
  10. Within our store of memories, you hold a place apart, for no one else can ever be more cherished in our hearts.

For more inspiration, please refer to our memorial poems and verses for a family member which can be adapted to suit a deceased son or a daughter.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a baby

Small plaquette for baby with angel image and short poem

Below are some ideas of what to write on a baby memorial plaque. It’s also important to note that sometimes an image engraved alongside wording can convey something that can’t be put into words. Your own images or those displayed on our baby grave plaques can be incorporated if needed.

  1. So, rest now tiny angel, your work on earth is through. In the beauty of God’s perfect love, we saw His gift in you.
  2. Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we will hold in our hearts forever.
  3. Nothing can ever take away a love the heart holds dear.
  4. If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, we would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again.
  5. There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.
  6. God called your name so softly that only you could hear. And no one heard the footsteps of angels drawing near.
  7. If every tear we shed for you became a star above, you would stroll in the angel’s garden lit by everlasting love.
  8. I will hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in Heaven.
  9. Sweet little flower of Heavenly birth, she was too fair to bloom on earth.
  10. A little joy on earth for such a short time. Now in God’s care.

In addition to the above words, please see our memorial poems for a child or baby to help you find the perfect tribute to commemorate your little loved one.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a brother

Black Granite grave plaque with portrait and Liverpool crest.

Wording for brother grave memorial plaques carry memories of happy childhood years. Times spent together, that unbreakable bond and sentiments of closeness are conveyed in our verses and memorial quotes for a brother. Sometimes it seems like a little of who we were, died with them.

  1. There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts.
  2. We have only your memory dear brother to remember our whole life through. But the sweetness will linger forever as we treasure the image of you.
  3. You went away so suddenly; we did not say goodbye. But brothers can never be parted… Precious memories never die.
  4. Hand in hand we walked until our paths diverged… I live on bearing the imprint of your heart on mine.
  5. Just a prayer from the ones who loved you. Just a memory, fond and true. In our hearts, you will live forever, because we thought the world of you.
  6. Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
  7. His life earnest, his actions kind. A willing hand, an active mind. A loving brother and faithful friend.
  8. We climbed trees and dreamed big dreams together. Though life now branches apart, our roots forever entwine.
  9. In life, we loved you dearly. In death, we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one could ever fill.
  10. Just when your life was brightest, just when your years were best, you were called from this world of sorrow to a home of eternal rest.

For further inspiration please see the below memorial verses for a sister, which can be used in conjunction with our brother’s remembrance quotes.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a sister

Heart plaque with friendship symbol and short poem.

Like our memorial verses for a brother, sister memorial poems convey a special connection that only family members share. For this reason, our brother and sister verses can be used conjointly for your sister memorial plaque. Simply, modify and personalize the words to best suit your needs.

  1. She will be forever cherished, loved, and remembered.
  2. Remembering you is easy we do it every day. It’s the heartache of losing you that will never go away.
  3. As each day dawns, we think of you. As each night falls, we pray for you. And throughout our lives, no matter where, in our hearts you are always there.
  4. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.
  5. Your smile has gone forever, your hand we cannot touch. We have so many memories of you (name) that we loved so much.
  6. Childhood echoes of laughter, secrets, and imaginary words we created… play on eternally in my heart and memory.
  7. As long as our hearts keep beating, as long as our eyes shed tears. We will always love and miss you, no matter how many years.
  8. Beautiful memories are all we have left, of one we loved and will never forget.
  9. You showed me how to stand tall yet took my hand when I stumbled. A part of you continues holding me up, even now you are gone.
  10. In this life, we will never truly be apart, for we grew to the same beat of our mother’s heart.

For more inscription ideas, please refer to our memorial poems and verses for a family member which can be used to commemorate a brother or sister.

10 memorial tributes for a husband or wife

rustic grave plaque with hunter image and memorial poem laser-etched to the granite.

Husband and wife memorial verses share a theme of companionship and togetherness. This lifelong connection between a husband and a wife continues even after one’s passing. Wife and husband memorial plaques showcase this closeness, this never-ending love that continues for eternity.

  1. A wife’s love is life’s treasure.
  2. Gone yet not forgotten. Although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.
  3. My dear husband, my rock, my strength.
  4. The moment that you left me, my heart was split in two. One side was filled with memories, while the other side died with you.
  5. Your beauty dwelt in kindness, compassion, and grace – eternal gifts, engraved now upon my memories’ space.
  6. You were a loving husband, a friend, so good and true. A better husband never lived; your equals are but few.
  7. A gentle soul, a loving heart. You were my husband, my counterpart. Now in Heaven’s light, you’ll forever shine, and your memory in my heart, I will enshrine.
  8. Together forever, never apart. Maybe in distance, but never in heart.
  9. You left a place no one can fill. I miss you and I always will. You shared my love, my hopes, my fears. Thank you for those wonderful years.
  10. Forever bound by love, forever in each other’s hearts.

Traditionally, wife memorial plaque ideas are heart-shaped with an image of a rose, while memorial gifts for a husband usually incorporate a plainer design.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for an uncle or aunt

Remembrance plaque on grave with dove and cross engraved

It’s important to note that our uncle and auntie’s memorial poems can also be used for godparents. As part of the wider family circle, close relations and godparents hold a special place in our memories, and commemorating them with an auntie or uncle memorial plaque plays an important part in remembering them.

  1. You were always someone special, someone kind and true. You will never be forgotten, for we thought the world of you.
  2. There are special people in our lives who never leave, even after they’re gone.
  3. We had the world when we had you. A world of happiness and love too. Someone to turn to, kind and true. A one-in-a-million Uncle/Aunty, that was you.
  4. Though you may be gone, the love you left behind will always stay.
  5. There’s always a face before us, a voice we’d love to hear, a smile we will always remember of an aunty/uncle we loved so dear.
  6. We miss your smile, your joking ways. We miss the things you used to say. And when old times we do recall, that’s when we miss you most of all.
  7. Your life touched so many others and will be remembered forever more. To leave the world a better place than it had been before.
  8. A silent thought, a quiet prayer, for a special uncle/aunty in God’s care.
  9. A smiling face, a heart of gold. The dearest uncle/aunty this world could hold. On earth you toiled, in Heaven you rest, God bless you (name), you were one of the best.
  10. You made life beautiful through unselfish deeds and generous thoughts for other’s needs. Happy, smiling, always content, loved, and respected wherever you went.

For further inspiration in paying tribute to a beloved auntie or uncle please refer to our memorial poems and verses for loved ones, which are good ideas of what to put on a memorial plaque.

10 short in memory verses and quotes for a friend

Granite Heart-shaped stone plaque with poem and shamrock

A true friend is one of the best things we can be and one of the best things you have. Best friend memorial plaques convey sentiments of friendship and remembrance and help us pay tribute to special friends. We hope the below friend memorial verses and quotes help you find the right words to say.

  1. To those who knew and loved him/her, his/her memory will never grow old.
  2. When days are dark and friends are few, dear (name), how we think of you. Friends are friends if they are true, we lost our best friend when we lost you.
  3. He/she lives with us in memory and will forevermore.
  4. An open door, an open heart, a ready hand to lend. You were a very special person (name), you were my very special friend.
  5. There are special people in our lives who never leave us… Even after they are gone.
  6. You shared my life and troubles, the laughter and the tears. You gave me loving friendship through all my living years. Out of all the many blessings received along life’s way, there was no gift more treasured than you and our yesterdays.
  7. Those that touch our lives… Stay in our hearts forever.
  8. When nights are long and friends are few, I know I’ll sit and think of you. How my heart aches and I whisper low, God bless you… I miss you so.
  9. Thanks for a lifetime of memories, for your love and kindness, help and encouragement.
  10. Shoulder to shoulder we faced tribulation, heart to heart we embraced celebration… forever connected in memory.

For more expressions of remembrance visit our collection of memorial poems for a friend to help you pay tribute to a close companion and friend.

10 generic quotes and verses for memorial plaques

Rustic grave plaque with young man, doves and memorial verse engraved in silver

Memorial poems and verses for loved ones are endless, so much so, it becomes difficult to decide on any particular one. Sometimes, after all the searching and hours of deliberating, you still come back to that simple memorial quote that said it all. With this in mind, we have selected 10 of the most commonly used verses and quotes for memorial plaques that are appropriate in almost all cases.

  1. As you were, you will always be treasured forever in our memory.
  2. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory, no one can steal.
  3. What the heart once owned and had, it shall never lose.
  4. Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, and very dear.
  5. A life that touches others goes on forever.
  6. Till memory fades and life departs, you will live forever in our hearts.
  7. Goodbye is not forever; goodbye is not the end. It simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.
  8. As long as hearts remember, as long as hearts still care, we do not part with those we love, they’re with us everywhere.
  9. If I could have a lifetime wish, a wish that could come true, I would wish with all my heart for yesterday and you.
  10. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.

When considering what to put on a memorial plaque, its important to remember that quotes for loved ones should be kept relatively short, especially when engraved on stone plates.

Religious Quotes for Grave Name Plates

Incorporating the faith of a loved one as part of their memorial tablet wording is for most, an important part of their commemoration. As Christians, we believe our life and its ending, belong to God. For this reason, Christian verses for loved ones, serve as a source of spiritual guidance and comfort, especially for family and friends of the deceased.

As well our unique collection of gravestone crosses, images of saints, and religious symbols can greatly enhance the look of your grave marker. For example, a cross engraved alongside our bible quotes for grave markers, or an image of Padre Pio engraved alongside one of his prayers, would be a fitting tribute too, and an acknowledgment of the faith of your loved one.

10 Christian verses for name plates for graves

Granite grave plaque outside church with cross engraved in silver and gold

Our Christian memorial quotes for loved ones are filled with the promise of eternal life and the hope of a future life in Heaven. As well as bringing us a sense of peace and comfort, our collection of Christian verses, as shown on the above father grave plaque, provides a beautiful faith-based tribute while honouring the life and faith of our loved ones.

  1. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul, whose love and kindness made us whole. In the arms of Jesus, you find perfect peace, your soul now rests eternally at ease.
  2. Peacefully sleeping, resting at last, his weary trials and troubles passed. In silence, he suffered, in patience he bore, till God called him home to suffer no more.
  3. Safe in the arms of Jesus. Safe on His loving breast.
  4. Keep her Jesus, in Thy keeping until I reach that golden shore. Then dear Saviour, let me have her and love her as I did before.
  5. In the Heavenly realms you now abide, where pain and suffering no longer reside. Though we grieve for the loss we feel, in God’s arms your new life begins to heal.
  6. Hold him, O Jesus, in Thy arms and let him henceforth be a messenger of love between our human hearts and Thee.
  7. In the arms of God, you rest. His love surrounds you, ever blessed. Though we mourn your earthly flight, in His embrace you find eternal light.
  8. In Heaven, you rest, no worry, no pain. May God bless and keep you, until we meet again.
  9. Resting where no shadows fall, in peaceful sleep he awaits us all. God will link the broken chain when one by one we meet again.
  10. Though we mourn for the loss we endure, our faith in God’s promise remains secure. In the arms of our Saviour, you find rest, as we cherish the memories we are blessed.

In conjunction with our Christian verses, short poems about death conveying sentiments of faith and the realities of death can be very profound and make a unique memorial tribute.

10 Gaelic quotes for headstones and plaques

Heart-Shaped grave plaque with GAA crest and inscriptions

Using Irish inscriptions for headstones and plaques adds a unique dimension to your memorial. Our compilation of religious Irish phrases for headstones and grave plaques are particularly relevant for loved ones of Irish decent and help bring a little piece of their heritage back to their place of rest.

  1. Do dhá láimh a Chríost anall tharainn – Safe in the arms of Jesus.
  2. In iothlainn Dé do dtugtarsínn – May we be gathered in God’s granary.
  3. Sé an Tiarna mo Aoire – The Lord is my Shepherd.
  4. Cuir paidir leo le do thoil – Please pray for them.
  5. Suaimhneas Sioraí – Eternal Rest
  6. Go maire Iosa go deo im chroí – May Jesus always live in my heart.
  7. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a hanam dílis – May the Lord have mercy on her soul.
  8. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dhílis – May the Lord have mercy on his soul.
  9. I liónta Dé go gcastar sinn – May we meet in God’s nets.
  10. Go dtaga do Ríocht – Thy Kingdom come.

The above completion of short gaelic memorial quotes are provided by an Irish teacher and fluent Irish speaker from county Monaghan in Ireland.

10 Bible verses for grave plaques and headstones

rustic graveyard plaque with Celtic Cross and inscriptions

Losing someone is a difficult and emotional time so it’s important to find comfort and encouragement in the word of God. The below bible quotes for grave markers can be used conjointly with memorial poems for loved ones and are usually engraved as an epilogue under your inscriptions.

  1. Luke 12:13 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  2. 1 John 4:16 God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.
  3. Philippians 1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
  4. Philippians 1:21 To live in Christ, and to die is gain.
  5. Ecc 3:1 For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven.
  6. Psalm 36:7 Under the shadow of Thy wings.
  7. Psalm 23:6 I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
  8. Pslam 102 Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations.
  9. Luke 20:36 They can no longer die, for they are like angels.
  10. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

The above short bible verses about death are taken from the N.R.S.V. Bible (New Revised Standard Version Bible, Catholic Edition).

10 Catholic Prayers for Memorial Plaques

Padre Pio memorial plaque with prayer

Our Catholic prayers of remembrance for the dead penetrate the Heavens and present themselves before the throne of God, asking Him to grant eternal rest to our loved ones. Praying memorial prayers that are engraved onto their graveyard plaque not only benefits our deceased but strengthens and consoles those who are grieving their loss.

  1. O sweet Jesus, for the sake of Thy bitter passion and the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, have mercy on (name’s) soul and let the light of Thy countenance shine upon him/her, Amen.
  2. Receive, Lord, in tranquillity and peace, the souls of your servants who have departed from this present life to be with You. Give them the life that knows no age, the good things that do not pass away, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. (St. Ignatius Loyola, 1491-1556)
  3. Eternal rest grant unto them/him/her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them/him/her. May they/he/she rest in peace, Amen.
  4. Let nothing disturb thee, let nothing affright thee, all that passeth away, God alone abideth. Patience obtaineth all things. He who hath God can want for nothing. God alone sufficeth, Amen. (St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582)
  5. O God, creator and redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of your servants departed, the remission of all their sins, that they may obtain pardon, who live and reign forever and ever, Amen.
  6. May Jesus comfort you in all your afflictions, may He sustain you in danger, watch over you always with His grace, and indicate the safe path that leads to eternal salvation. And may He render you always dearer to His divine heart and always more worthy of Paradise, Amen. (St. Padre Pio, 1887-1968)
  7. May the divine assistance remain always with us and may the soul of our faithfully departed (name), through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.
  8. O sweet name, which gives the sinner strength and the blessed hope, we pray you. Our Lady, Star of the sea, shine upon us in our distress on the sea of life and lead us to a safe harbour and the ineffable joys of eternity, Amen. (St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231)
  9. O Virgin most kind, Mary, Mother of God, most loving consoler of those in distress, commend to your Son the soul of our beloved (name) and because of your Motherly intervention, may he/she joyfully arrive in your company together with all the angels and saints in Heaven, Amen.
  10. “The gates of Heaven will open to all who confide in the protection of Mary” (St Bonaventure, 1221-1274)

To complement your prayers, a selection of sacred images on stone, featuring Our Lord, Our Lady, and saints like Padre Pio and St Therese are also good ideas of what to put on a memorial plaque.

Grave Marker Images and Photos

Granite grave plaque with laser-engraved photo, rose and inscriptions

The question of whether to include images or photographs for headstones and plaques holds great significance. Incorporating a picture onto your grave stone evokes strong emotions and feelings in a way that inscriptions alone cannot. For example, a memorial portrait of your loved one can elicit an immediate emotional response, making it more impactful and memorable, compared to words alone.

Other than portraits, memorial photo plaques commonly feature images associated with the deceased during their lifetime. A good example of this would be hobbies/pastimes or a landscape scene as depicted on our mountain scene grave markers. Combined with inscriptions, photos on granite offer a timeless connection to your loved one’s legacy for both present and future generations.

Some of the most popular examples of memorial plaques with images and photos depict the following:

  • Portraits.
  • Landscapes or landmarks.
  • Religious images or symbols.
  • Hobbies or pastimes.
  • Sports scenes.
  • Nature images.
  • Crests or logos.

As well as the above, your own personal pictures can also be incorporated into grave plaque designs. Depending on the amount of detail in the image and the granite plaque colour, pictures are either laser-engraved in black and white, engraved in colour, or applied using a ceramic photograph.

Ceramic photos or etched photos on granite?

Basically, pictures can be incorporated to granite plaques by using two methods. The first is by adding a ceramic photo, where your photo is printed to ceramic and then stuck to the stone plate. The second and most popular method is by etching or engraving a picture directly onto the granite. Our examples above show memorial plaques with photos displaying ceramic and etched pictures.

Ceramic photos for cemetery plaques

Granite Grave Marker with Oval Ceramic Photograph

Generally, ceramic photos for headstones and plaques are reserved for portraits of the deceased. This traditional form of displaying photographs for memorials has existed for generations and is still commonly used today. The main advantage of ceramic memorial photo plaques is the ability to display a photograph or portrait in full colour, which is why people prefer them to other mediums.

Unlike granite laser engraving which requires a high-resolution photograph to work from, ceramic photos can be made from low-resolution pictures. This is another big advantage of ceramics, as many people have old or poor-quality photos they wish to use. Coupled with their weatherproof qualities and non-maintenance, ceramic photos for memorial plaques continue to be widely used today.

Advantages of ceramic photos for grave plaques
  • The ability to display a photo in full colour.
  • Ceramic photos do not fade and keep their vibrant colours.
  • Low-resolution photographs can be applied to ceramics.
  • Ceramic photos stand out on all granite plaque colours.
Disadvantages of ceramic photos for grave plaques
  • A hard impact will break or crack a ceramic photo.
  • Generally, ceramic photos are only used to display portraits.
  • The average wait time for a ceramic photo is about 2 weeks.
  • Compared to laser-etched images, ceramics are more expensive.

Etched photos for cemetery plaques

Laser-etched Portrait on granite grave plaque

Unlike ceramic or porcelain photos, which are made separately and then stuck to a memorial tablet, etched photos for graves are engraved directly into the granite itself. Just like a painting on a canvas, your photograph becomes part of the memorial. Etched memorial plaques are seen as a modern alternative to using ceramics and are the most popular choice for adding portraits and images.

As good as laser-etched memorial plaques with photos are they do have their limitations. For one thing, image and portrait granite engraving only stand out on black or very dark-coloured granites. Meaning, if you need a photo for a grey or light-coloured grave plaque, a ceramic photo should be used. And although some black granite etching can be partially coloured, most etched images are engraved in white.

Advantages of etched photos for graveyard plaques
  • Any image or photograph can be replicated to granite memorial plaques.
  • Because etched images are engraved into the granite, they will last forever.
  • Portraits and images can seamlessly be incorporated into the plaque design.
  • Compared to ceramic photos, laser-etching by machine is quick and inexpensive.
Disadvantages of etched photos for graveyard plaques
  • Etched photographs only stand out on black or dark-coloured granites.
  • The majority of laser etching on granite is finished in black and white.
  • Low-resolution or poor-quality photographs cannot be etched to grave plaques.
  • Painted etchings exposed to harsh climates may need to be repainted every 5-10 years.

If you are still unsure of whether to opt for ceramic photos or etched photographs on granite, ask your supplier for a plaque proof before purchasing, showing both methods. After receiving a proof, get a second opinion on how it looks or ask the supplier for his/her recommendations,

Ultimately, the colour of your granite memorial plaque and the quality of the photo supplied will be the two defining factors in obtaining the best results.

Fonts for Memorial Tablets

Heart shaped granite plaque with butterfly in gold and inscriptions in silver

When considering what to put on a memorial plaque it’s important to note that not all font styles are suitable for engraving to granite. In particular, intricate script fonts that look well on paper may not be appropriate for stone letter carving. Therefore, it’s always best to keep in mind the recommended fonts for inscriptions on grave markers, as they have been tried and tested to be both practical and legible.

There are many examples of writing on memorial plaques displayed online to choose from. However, if a particular font is needed, just ask your supplier and he should be able accommodate your needs. On some occasions text for a memorial plaque to match an existing headstone font is requested. In such circumstances, a good photo of the current inscriptions will be needed to replicate the font to the memorial words on a plaque.

Below we have selected some popular fonts for memorial plaques and gravestones. All fonts can be engraved in colour or etched in white to the granite, depending on your requirements.

Celtic fonts for granite engraving
Gandalf and Old Irish fonts for memorial tablets

Celtic-themed fonts are particularly relevant for Irish memorial gifts and for those seeking to incorporate a piece of Irish heritage to their loved one’s tribute. The classic style of the Old Irish font dates back hundreds of years, while the Gandalf is a more contemporary and legible Celtic alternative.

Script Fonts for granite engraving
Shink and Tiranti fonts for commemorative plaques

Although our Shink font is ultra-modern with its flourished characteristics, Tiranti is our most popular script font for headstones and name plates for graves. Because of its cleaner lines aiding in legibility and a more formal composition, Tiranti continues to lead the way when it comes to style and elegance.

Fine Fonts for granite engraving
Gabriola and Bernhard fonts for granite grave markers

One of the first things we often notice with fonts is their weight. Our Gabriola and Bernhard fonts have a clear readable grapheme with a light delicate structure. Often viewed as the most modern, our fine fonts are particularly complementary engraved on outdoor memorial plaques with photos.

Plain Fonts for granite engraving
Mason and Thin Black fonts for grave markers

For those who wish for a straightforward plain font, our Mason and Thin Block fonts are ideal. A greater number of memorial plaque inscription ideas are possible using the Thin Block, as it allows for more words per line. While the Mason font is perfect for displaying short headstone epitaphs or memorial verses.

Traditional Fonts for granite engraving
Georgia and Roman grave plaque fonts

Like our plain fonts, Georgia and Roman are relatively plain and uncomplicated. As well as being good headstone font examples, these serif fonts are also popular for name plates for graves. Because of their classic look and legibility Roman and Georgia are guaranteed to complement nearly all memorials.

Paints for Grave Plaques

Gold leaf lettering on black granite

The paints used for our memorial tablets provide unique reflective qualities, making them stand out against the polished granite background. In particular, granite memorial plaques with silver and gold leaf paints result in an authentic eye-catching appearance. Coupled with their brilliant finish and ability to cope well with the outdoor elements our paints for grave plaques are well renowned for their endurance and elegance.

Apart from black granite memorial plaques, silver and gold leaf paints stand out best on dark granites such as Bahama Blue and Paradiso. While lighter-coloured granites are usually painted with black paint, making their grave plaque inscriptions and images stand out better.

Because laser-engraved plaques with a photo and inscriptions don’t have much depth in the granite, they are very limited to the application of paints. For this reason, the majority of etched memorial stones are lightly coated with weather-resistant white paint.

How long does paint last on memorial plaques?

Grave plaque with man on tractor hand painted in colour

The question of how long paints last on a granite engraved plaque can vary and depends on several factors. Yes, it’s true that some paints are better than others for painting granite. However, if the grave stone used does not adhere well to paints, or if the paint is not applied correctly to the granite, the paint’s lifespan will be greatly reduced.

In like manner, if your commemoration gift is not positioned in a way that allows rainwater to run off its surface, or if it’s exposed to extreme weather conditions, the paint applied will deteriorate quicker. To help answer the age-old question of how long paint lasts on grave plaques, the following points are critical to understanding the factors affecting its lifetime.

  • The type of paints used.
  • How the paints are applied to the granite.
  • The type of granite.
  • The texture and temperature of the granite before painting.
  • How the commemoration gift is positioned outdoors.
  • The harshness of the climate the granite is exposed to.

Although various paint colours can be used for grave plaques, the best paint for granite is silver and gold leaf. When applied in the correct manner to black granites, these paints have the ability to last to up 50 years or even longer, depending on the environment they are exposed to.

My experiences of paint lifetime on granite

To stress the relevance of the above points, a headstone image I painted with a regular undercoat and gloss paints 32-years ago in my own local cemetery is still in good condition. Even though the colours are not as vibrant as they once were, the paints adhered to the black granite memorial extremely well. Although some paints are better than others for painting granite outdoors, it’s not all about the paint, but rather the conditions that favour its lifespan.

On the flip side of this, an outdoor grave marker I made recently from Blue Pearl granite with headstone inscriptions was positioned on its flat on a family grave plot. Within 1-year the paint applied to the lettering came away from the granite. Some granites just don’t take well to paints, and coupled with the fact that rainwater was unable to run off its surface, the longevity of the paint on this engraved granite plaque was exponentially reduced.

Our grave marker Guarantee

To extend the longevity of paints on our memorial plaques for graves, all stone plates come with a stand at the back, allowing the granite to rest at a 60-degree angle, meaning no lying water will affect the paints. Additionally, our paints are specially formulated for memorial masonry applications and are adhered to the granite engraving at the correct temperatures, also extending its lifespan.

Although we are not accountable for extreme weather conditions that may affect the paints’ endurance, we are so confident in the application of our paints and the quality of our granite memorials, that we offer a lifetime guarantee with all grave accessories. Therefore, if at any time the paint on your grave marker should be removed simply return it to us and we’ll repaint and deliver it back to you free of charge.

5 Things to do when buying a Plaque

We’ve often heard the phrase “written in stone”, where something is permanent and cannot be altered. When considering what to put on a memorial plaque, your words to remember a loved one are permanently engraved onto stone and will be forever more. Contemplating this, you begin to realize the significance of your purchase, and the importance of making sure your text for a memorial plaque and other elements you chose are without fault.

Over the years we have witnessed customers, who in their best intentions have failed to notice a spelling or numerical error provided for their personalized grave gift. Oftentimes people have a tendency to rush into things, without getting feedback from family or friends about their words on a remembrance plaque. With this in mind, we have listed 5 things to do when buying a memorial plaque, which we hope will help you eliminate any errors.

Person holding phone looking at a memorial plaque proof
1. Take your time

Given there may be some time constraints to have your commemoration gift in time for an anniversary or an important date, it’s important not to rush your decision. Share your thoughts about your grave marker design ideas with other family members and friends. Even though this may take a few days, you’ll have everyone’s input and will make far fewer mistakes than you would have if you rushed through on your own.

2. Request a plaque proof

Whether you do so before or just after placing your order ALWAYS request a plaque proof. A proof or preview allows you to see how the finished memorial plaque design would look. As soon as an order is placed your monumental masonry should provide a plaque proof, showing the finished layout. And if they don’t – request one. You should never order a custom engraved granite plaque if the supplier does not provide a preview of how it would look.

3. Double check everything!

Having received your plaque proof, double-check everything. In particular, inscriptions on memorial plaques, including names, dates, and grammar should always be checked by two or more sets of eyes! Conveying your commemorative tribute with incorrect grammar can sometimes alter its meaning. Even simple things like using plural nouns if your remembrance verses are from 2 or more people, which is very often overlooked, can make all the difference.

4. Get feedback from family or friends

Before signing off on your memorial plaque template, you should always share it with family members or friends to get their opinions. Having all family members on board, especially when it’s a family grave marker is paramount. And if changes are needed, request a new plaque proof and share it again. Your memorial stone supplier is obliged to provide you with an updated proof, so don’t hesitate to request as many as it takes until everyone is happy with it.

5. Get a lifetime guarantee

Just like granite headstones have a lifetime guarantee, granite memorial plaques should also have one. Although many stone mason companies say their grave plaques last a lifetime, not all of them back this up with a memorial plaque lifetime warranty. Unlike any other material, granite will last for generations, so every single aspect of your commemoration gift should be guaranteed and either fixed or replaced should any issues arise from defects.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a memorial plaque?

The cost of memorial plaques depends on the granites’ size and shape. Personalised granite plaques range from €185 – €290 which includes inscriptions, photos, and images. If a ceramic photo is required, this will add an additional cost of €70. Delivery for our affordable grave plaques to Ireland and the UK ranges from €25 -€35, depending on their weight.

  • Small Granite Rectangle: 12 x 8 inch: €185.
  • Medium Granite Rectangle: 15 x 10 inch: €220.
  • Large Granite Rectangle: 18 x 12 inch: €255.
  • Small Granite Heart: 10 x 10 inch: €220.
  • Medium Granite Heart: 14 x 14 inch: €255.
  • Medium Rustic Granite: 15 x 10 inch: €255.
  • Large Rustic Granite: 18 x 12 inch: €290.

All above prices include inscriptions, photos, and images, except ceramic photo plaques which are an additional €70.

Where can I buy a memorial plaque?

Although grave plaques can be purchased from your local funeral director or florist shops, the majority of their grave accessories are pre-made and are not personalized. The best place to buy custom memorial plaques near you is from local monumental sculptors. Alternatively, personalized grave plaques online are a good option and can be purchased and delivered within a week.

Can you put a memorial plaque anywhere?

If you are putting your memorial plaque on a family grave plot or on your own property, permission is not required. However, if you want to place your plaque in a public location, like for example, by a roadside, by a tree, or any other public location, then you will need to seek permission from the local authorities or landowners beforehand.

How long does a memorial plaque last?

Although metals like cast bronze and stainless steel have a long lifespan, granite memorial plaques will outlast them many times over. Depending on the harshness of the climate the granite is exposed to, sometimes the granite stone engraving may need to be repainted, but the actual engraving will last for as long as the granite does, which is forever.

What granite colour is best for grave plaques?

As a rule of thumb, the darker the granite is the better engravings will stand out on it. Even though many light-coloured granites can be used, grave plaque images and inscriptions will stand out better on dark granites. In particular, black granite creates the best contrast between the engraving and the stone, making it the best granite colour for memorial plaques.

How long does it take to make a grave plaque?

Gave plaques with inscriptions, images or portraits can be completed within 2 to 3 days. Additionally, memorial plaque delivery for Ireland and the UK is 2 to 3 days, meaning a custom-made memorial plaque can be made and delivered within 1 week. The only exception is ceramic photo plaques which can take up to 2 weeks to make.

How to clean grave markers

Cleaning granite grave markers and maintaining them is relatively easy. Because of granite’s highly polished surface, all that’s needed to clean it is some mild soap and warm water. After washing the granite, rinse off with fresh water to remove any soap residue. To remove algae from granite just scrub it with a soft brush and some warm soapy water, then rinse off with fresh water.

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