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Feel free to contact us if you have a particular design concept, have come across a memorial design elsewhere, or wish to explore the options for a personalised upright headstone. Our team of skilled stonemasons is capable of crafting any custom memorial to your specifications. Get in touch with us today.

The choice is yours.

Choosing upright headstones is a preferred path for those seeking a profound and timeless tribute that honours their loved ones in the most appropriate way.

At Summers, our skilled team of memorial artisans possesses the expertise to craft and engrave any upright headstone design, dedicated to preserving the memory of your cherished one.

We offer a range of pre-designed options for your consideration, or we are prepared to collaborate with you to create a personalised design that flawlessly captures the essence and legacy of your beloved, exactly as you envision it.

Our unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail ensures that your vertical memorial will serve as a fitting tribute, destined to endure through the generations.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have a specific design in mind, have come across a memorial design elsewhere, or wish to explore the possibilities for a custom cremation memorial. Our team of expert stonemasons possesses the skills to bring any bespoke memorial to life. Contact us today.

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WE OFFER THE FINEST MEMORIALS FOR BRISTOL’S CEMETERIES

Choosing the Perfect Upright Headstone

The enduring significance of an upright headstone is deeply rooted in diverse cultures, representing reverence, remembrance, and heritage.

Over the course of countless centuries, upright headstones have garnered widespread popularity among those who wish to honour the cherished lives of their loved ones.

At Summers, we offer a wide range of upright headstone designs. Our team of highly skilled memorial artisans and craftsmen is ready to work alongside you to create a custom design that perfectly reflects the essence of your beloved, ensuring a fitting and lasting tribute.

Upright Headstone Materials & Colours

Our collection of upright headstones boasts a variety of materials and finishes, offering a wide range of colours and tones to choose from.

Each material used in crafting these monuments comes with its unique advantages, be it the visual appeal, exceptional durability, or minimal maintenance required.

POPULAR UPRIGHT HEADSTONE MATERIALS:

Granite cremation memorial material

Granite

Limestone cremation memorial material

Limestone

York Stone cremation memorial material

York Stone

White Marble cremation memorial material

White Marble

Portland Stone cremation memorial material

Portland Stone

Forest of Dean cremation memorial material

Forest of Dean Stone

Sandstone cremation memorial material

Sandstone

Nabresina cremation memorial material

Nabresina Stone

Welsh Slate cremation memorial material

Welsh Slate

POPULAR UPRIGHT HEADSTONE COLOURS:

We offer a wide range of colours and shades, although options will be dependent on the memorial material that is used.

Below you can view an indication of the various colours and shades that are available in our granite and natural stone materials.

Black granite cremation memorial stone colour

Black

Light grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Light Grey

Dark grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Dark Grey

Avon Grey granite cremation memorial stone colour

Avon Grey

Star Galaxy granite cremation memorial stone colour

Star Galaxy

Brown granite cremation memorial stone colour

Brown

Bahama Blue granite cremation memorial stone colour

Bahama Blue

Blue Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Blue Pearl

Ruby Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ruby Red

Balmoral Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Balmoral Red

Twilight Red granite cremation memorial stone colour

Twilight Red

Teak granite cremation memorial stone colour

Teak

Pink granite cremation memorial stone colour

Pink

Emerald Pearl granite cremation memorial stone colour

Emerald Pearl

Fir Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Fir Green

Imperial Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Imperial Green

Ocean Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Ocean Green

Tropical Green granite cremation memorial stone colour

Tropical Green

Yellow York Stone cremation memorial stone colour

Yellow (York Stone)

White sandstone cremation memorial stone colour

White

White Marble cremation memorial stone colour

White Marble

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We are here to sensitively address your needs concerning upright headstones.

To discover further details about our upright headstones, please reach out to us and schedule an appointment today.

 

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FINE-CRAFT ETCHING

Elevate an upright headstone with intricate and masterfully crafted etchings of images or photographs to imbue it with character, personality, and an unmatched sense of individuality.

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR UPRIGHT HEADSTONE?

  • Established memorial masons since 1906
  • Ability to create bespoke memorials with unrivalled craftsmanship
  • Over 110 years of industry experience
  • The Summers 30 year memorial guarantee
  • The Summers price promise
  • Fully accredited by BRAMM
  • A remarkable selection of colours, materials & styles
  • The Memorial Aftercare® service
  • Available home visit service
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Installation Services

After our team of highly skilled memorial stonemasons has meticulously designed and crafted your upright memorial, the next crucial step involves the expert installation of the memorial at your chosen burial site.

With our extensive knowledge of the cemeteries in and around Bristol, we are uniquely positioned to offer expert guidance and recommendations on the most suitable types of upright memorials for various cemeteries and churchyards in the Bristol area.

When you entrust us with your upright memorial installation, you can find comfort in knowing that your selected memorial will be installed with the utmost precision and dedication to excellence.

For further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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UPRIGHT HEADSTONE FAQS

How Do I Choose An Upright Headstone?

With a wide selection of upright headstone designs, styles, and materials to choose from, many customers turn to us for assistance and advice in finding the perfect memorial for their loved one.

Our brochure serves as an excellent starting point, showcasing various upright headstone styles, materials, and options to help you narrow down your search. If you have a specific upright headstone design in mind, whether it’s a concept you’ve created or an image you’ve seen online, our experienced headstone design team and skilled memorial stonemasons can bring your vision to life.

Browsing upright headstones at your local cemetery or online, or scheduling an appointment to meet with one of our advisors to view and discuss them in person, can significantly aid you in making an informed decision when considering headstone options to honour and cherish the memory of your loved one.

What Should I Look For When Choosing A Memorial Stonemason?

When searching for a reliable memorial stonemason, there are several important factors to consider. It’s crucial to assess their experience in monumental stonemasonry, any accreditations they may have, their level of craftsmanship, product quality, and familiarity with the cemetery where the headstone will be placed. Equally essential is feeling comfortable working with the stonemasons to design and create the perfect memorial for your loved one.

It’s worth noting that most memorial stonemasons require a deposit upon placing an order. Therefore, it’s essential to have confidence in the stonemasons’ ability to complete the work and remain in business to avoid losing your deposit. Opting for an established memorial mason directly, rather than going through a middleman like a funeral director, can also help avoid additional costs.

Ultimately, selecting a reputable and well-established memorial stonemason will ensure peace of mind and guarantee that your loved one’s memorial is crafted to the highest standard.

What Should I Consider When Choosing a Memorial Stonemason?

Choosing a memorial stonemason is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

  • Experience: Look for a company with a strong track record in monumental stonemasonry.
  • Accreditation: Check if the stonemason is accredited by relevant professional bodies or organizations.
  • Craftsmanship: Assess the quality of the stonemason’s previous work to ensure they can deliver a memorial that meets your expectations.
  • Knowledge of the Cemetery: Make sure the stonemason has knowledge of the specific cemetery where the memorial will be placed to avoid any issues or conflicts.
  • Communication: A good stonemason should be approachable and able to communicate with you effectively. Gauge this during your initial meetings with their family advisors.
  • Direct Contact: Consider going directly to an experienced and established memorial mason instead of a middleman, such as a funeral director or agent.
  • Deposits and Costs: Ensure that you have complete confidence in the stonemason’s ability to complete the memorial and stay in business to avoid losing your deposit.
  • Reputation: Choose a well-established memorial stonemason with a strong reputation to give you peace of mind.

By keeping these factors in mind and doing your research, you can find a reputable and skilled memorial stonemason who can create a fitting tribute for your loved one.

Can You Help Me Choose An Upright Headstone?

We would be delighted to have a thorough conversation with you regarding your options, to help you decide which upright headstone would be the most suitable for your requirements. Our team can guide you through the benefits of different materials, showcase various vertical memorial styles and designs that align with your preferences, and clarify the range of engraving and detailing options that are available for each individual headstone.

What Is The Best Material For A Headstone?

When choosing the perfect material for your headstone, there are several factors to consider, such as the style, lettering, carving specifications, colour, texture, and location. Here at Summers we specialise in creating memorials from various natural stones so we can provide a diverse assortment of popular headstone materials like granite, slate, limestone, and york stone, among others. If you’re seeking an upright headstone in a specific colour, granite is often the top choice due to its extensive range of hues and shades. However, it’s crucial to verify if your cemetery has any rules concerning acceptable headstone colours.

Are Upright Headstones Available In Different Colours?

We provide a selection of colours for our upright-shaped headstones, including a variety of shades and hues available in our granite material.

Opting for a coloured upright headstone can be a personal and meaningful way to pay tribute to a loved one, whether by selecting a granite in their favorite colour or to add a unique touch to their memorial.

However, it’s important to be aware that cemeteries and churchyards may have specific regulations regarding the permissible colours of headstones on their premises. We suggest verifying with the cemetery or churchyard before making a final decision on the colour of your upright headstone.

How Long Should I Wait Before Getting An Upright Headstone?

Choosing a headstone to commemorate a loved one can be a difficult and emotional task. Therefore, we recommend taking ample time to carefully consider your options and create a tribute that appropriately honours their life. There is no set timeline for making this decision, and we encourage you to take as much time as you need to arrive at a choice that feels right for you and your family.

From a technical perspective, to ensure the stability of the headstone and prevent any potential damage, cemeteries generally recommend waiting for 6-12 months after burial before erecting a headstone. This allows the ground to settle correctly and reduces the risk of the headstone sinking or tilting over time. It’s always advisable to verify with the specific cemetery you plan to use for any regulations or guidelines they may have concerning headstone installation.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the waiting time before installing a memorial can vary depending on the cemetery and the type of memorial you choose. For instance, some cemeteries may require a waiting period of 6-12 months before allowing an upright headstone to be installed, while the same cemetery may permit the installation of a cremation memorial immediately.

If you’re uncertain about the specific requirements of a cemetery in Ross-on-Wye or nearby areas, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can offer advice and guidance to help you navigate the process.

Ultimately, the decision of when to install a headstone on a grave is a personal one, and there is no prescribed time frame. It’s essential to take the time you need to feel ready to honour your loved one in the way that feels most appropriate to you. Rushing the process may not allow you to make the best decision on the upright headstone itself, as well as the engraved inscription.

Taking your time can often help you arrive at the most fitting choice.

Can I Choose An Upright Headstone Design That Isn’t In Your Brochure?

Typically, we can craft a personalised upright gravestone design to fulfill your particular requests. Our stonemasons who specialise in creating memorials possess exceptional skills and extensive experience. Thus, if you share with us an image or explanation of the design you envision, we will make every effort to assist you. We recognise that upright headstones are frequently favoured and that you may prefer an extraordinary design that distinguishes itself or resembles an upright gravestone that you admired elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Make An Upright Headstone?

Crafting a headstone, whether it takes the form of a standard upright design or any other, and etching its inscription necessitates a considerable amount of expertise. Consequently, producing your upright headstone order may take some time, usually spanning several weeks or even months. The precise duration depends on variables like the current demand for our services and ongoing orders, as well as the availability of the stone materials your memorial requires. Therefore, we advise requesting an updated estimated lead time while placing your order to obtain a more precise answer.

Can I Add Something To An Existing Upright Headstone?

Without a doubt, you can make alterations or additions to an already existing upright headstone. These modifications might include adding a unique design, an engraved feature, or an additional inscription with a different font or text. We would be honoured to have a conversation with you about your preferences and offer details about the available amendments that can be made to the headstone.

What Is The Average Cost Of An Upright Headstone?

It’s challenging to estimate the cost of a headstone, regardless of whether it is a simple upright design or something more bespoke. This is due to the fact that every headstone is unique, and the price is determined by various factors such as size, inscription, type of headstone, and ever-changing material costs, rather than just the labour required to craft it. To obtain an accurate quote, we suggest speaking with a representative who can consider your specific requirements at the time.

Nevertheless, we guarantee that our prices are highly competitive, and we provide a price promise. If you discover a product of comparable quality from a recognised and reputable local memorial mason or funeral director at a lower cost, we will offer a discount on the price.

Do You Offer A Guarantee With Your Upright Headstones?

Certainly, all of our upright headstones as well as any other type of memorial come with our 30-year guarantee.

Do You Hold Any Memorial Accreditation?

Yes, we are BRAMM (British Register of Accredited Memorial Masons) approved, and a registered and fully licensed memorial mason with over 100 years industry experience having first established ourselves way back in 1906.

Can I View Proofs Of The Headstone First?

Prior to production, we can supply you with design proofs of the upright headstone. In the event that you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the design, we can modify the layout or style until it aligns with your specifications. We recognise the importance of crafting the perfect upright headstone for you and your loved one and are dedicated to collaborating with you closely throughout the entire process.

Do You Ship Headstone Orders Overseas?

We do possess expertise in shipping headstones internationally, but please keep in mind that overseas shipping entails additional costs, such as specialised protective packaging, insurance, and customs fees.