Always In Our Hearts
There are 3 options to begin with
Congratulations on choosing our website where you can design online in the comfort of your own home and at your leisure, you can explore different options, print them or send them via email to family members and friends near and far for their input, suggestions and feedback so that all requests can be accommodated if need be and all involved may feel included.
Email your wording, design and special requests and we will design for you, liaise and email the finished layout.
For a caring “person to person” consultation, we acknowledge and respect that the first step can take great courage and be a huge hurdle to overcome. Drop in for a relaxed coffee. Our experienced professionals will make the process as easy and painless as possible. If you have to travel from afar or work late and need an after hours appointment… no problem just phone 094374012 for a convenient time.
Yes we can design, cut, shape and polish special custom headstones to accommodate individual requests, depending on raw material left in stock or if enough time is allotted we can place a special order to fit size specifications required however this can take up to 4 or 5 months depending on availability of blank stock, shipping times, customs clearances and transport schedules, cutting, shaping and polishing time etc. If you make allowances for extra time required and plan ahead then you won’t be disappointed.
We find that generally most families will unveil the memorial on the first anniversary of their loved ones passing.
However, some cultures maintain that the stone cannot be erected until the ground is settled
Some stones have been organized in advanced and are completed in time for the funeral. This was very apt for the loved ones renowned for their efficiency and organized lives. Some cope with grief by not facing this decision as it is too painful and they may do something about it after 30-40 years when their own mortality is in question. There is no right or wrong way it is what is comfortable for you.
No check with them first or ask us, we can advise you on cemetery bylaws size regulations, shape and what is allowed. Some council cemeteries require a permit application and permit fee which varies around the country from council to council. This is additional to the cost of purchasing your cemetery plot. If you wish we can take care of permit applications for you. Our professional installers will install to local government rules, regulations and safety specifications for that particular cemetery
Private cemeteries are not governed by strict regulations and restrictions, common sense and obvious building standards and safe practices must be followed. Check first with the kaitiaki, kaumatua or kuia of the cemetery they will be able to advise you if only a certain type is allowed, or we can check if a common pattern/theme emerges of our previous completed installations. Certain cemeteries may require a panui notifying the community of any work to be undertaken in the cemetery, common courtesies prevail if needed on private land for access etc.
No But that depends on your religion. Once again it is very much a personal thing. Family members may all decide on no ceremony at all or to have a picnic and or drink by the headstone in honor and remembrance of the loved one, right through to a full blown graveside dedication service complete with priest, bishop, pastor, lay preacher, minister, swami, monk, holy man, JP etc.
Organize the veil it can be a cloak , korowai, cloth of any colour or something special to the loved one, and can have embroidered initials or logos of significance for the occasion.
Judging by ancient architecture built with granite sourced from the same quarries our headstones are made from, granite can last up to 2000 years and more!!!! The lettering which is cut into the stone will last the same length of time however the paint used to colour the lettering, like all paint will flake, fade and peel. This is easily cleaned repainted and polished and the stone will look like new every time.
Granite is the oldest building material known to man as evidenced by. The Great Wall of China, The pyramids of Egypt, The Ancient Stone city of Ankor Wat. Stone Henge , Madurai stone Temple, The Incan city of Machu Pichu and Roman aqueducts and famous buildings etc. etc. It will never be destroyed by fire, wind or rain and steadfastly weathers any storm nature can throw at it.
Depending on current workload, whether the headstone is in stock and all lettering/artwork etc. is confirmed and paid for then it can happen very quickly, sometimes it can be completed for the next day. Completion can be anywhere from one day to 4 or 5 months depending on availability of blank stock, shipping times, customs clearances and transport schedules, cutting, shaping and polishing time etc. If you make allowances for extra time required and plan ahead then you won’t be disappointed. We will always do our best to accommodate your needs. Contact Us do you require a stone urgently.
Wash the stone at least once a year with soapy water and wipe clean when practical with a dry soft cloth. Moss growth is influenced by layout of cemetery i.e. which way it is facing, proximity to trees, amount of grass blow from lawnmowers, bird droppings, dead flower and leaf deposits, road dust, rainfall etc. the polished edge headstones are much easier to keep clean than those with the rough rock edge.
As shown below a desk has a thicker more stable base than a plate which has a parallel thickness