How To Memorialize The Life Of A Loved One

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At Woodlawn Memorial Park, we specialize in custom designs that are as unique as the person they represent. We offer traditional craftsmanship and use only the highest quality granite available. If you aren’t sure how to memorialize the life of a loved one, our designer will help you translate the idea that’s in your heart onto granite or bronze. From a simple date scroll to a granite statue to one of the many variations of memorials in between, we can guide you through this process.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Understand What Is Permitted

Whether your memorial is for Woodlawn Memorial Park or another cemetery, find out what is permitted. Every cemetery has its own bylaws and restrictions. This may include flat marker or upright monuments only, as an example. If you’re not sure, we are here to help. Bring your cemetery location information with you and we will find the answers for you.

  • Keep Your Loved One In Mind

Memorials translate the story of a life lived. If your loved ones had any interests or hobbies, or favourite quotes that would best describe them, those could be included on their memorial. Keep in mind that you don’t have to wait until the time of need, as memorials can be arranged in advance.  Pre-arranging a memorial for your loved one will allow you to have a conversation with them and ensure their wishes are honoured after their passing.

  • Create A Budget

Every family has a budget that they are working within. Determining your budget will help prevent unnecessary stress. Whatever your budget, we will help you bring your vision to life within that range. Whether it’s simple, elegant, or elaborate, it’s our job to provide you with options and streamline the process so it’s as stress-free as possible.

  • Browse Materials

There are many different colours, finishes, and shapes of stone to choose from when designing your memorial. Light coloured granite, like grey and pink, come in a polished, shiny finish or steeled, which is a more natural finish. Darker polished granite such as black, green, red, and others, will allow for more contrast in your design when cuts are made.

  • Layout

It’s important to think about layout and inscription. Would you like full names and dates or just the years? Is there a phrase you would like added to reflect your loved one? You want to ensure that your memorial has a nice flow and story.

If you have a family lot, you may want to consider where the other names will be added and leave appropriate space. All of these factors will help to determine what size is needed for your memorial, while complying with the size regulations within the cemetery.

Woodlawn Memorial Park has proudly served the community of Guelph and surrounding areas since 1854. Operated by the Guelph Cemetery Commission, we are a not-for-profit organization.

By purchasing your memorial through our office, you will not only receive the highest quality granite and craftsmanship, but you will also be investing in the continued growth and future of our cemetery. We have a vested interest in ensuring your memorial will stand the test of time.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment with our Memorial Designer, so that we may help you memorialize the life of a loved one into a beautiful tribute that will last for many years to come.

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