How to select a Memorial        We hope this easy guide will be of service as you consider how best to pay lasting tribute to your loved one. The elements below will all play a part in your decision. 1.Cemeteries section 2.Stone 3.Shape 4.Design 5.Lettering 6.Permanence 7.Value 1. Cemeteries sections Firstly we need to know in which section the memorial will be erected. Many cemeteries have regulations regarding the size of a memorial. This will depend on the section of the grave. The common sections are: Berm/Garden Section - Only a Headstone are allowed to be erected Memorial Section - Full monumental memorials are allowed Memorial wall - Inscribed tablets or plaques * All memorials are subjected to permit application. If unsure please forward the grave details we will get in contact with the relevant cemetery on your behalf before any purchases are made. 2. Stone We manufacture mainly from Parys Granite We can also make on request stones from the following quaries Rustenburg Granite Zimbabwe Black Namibian Pearl White Tiger Skin Yellow Riatijarvi Grey Consider a colour that will harmonize with the surrounding site or tradition of the part of the country where the burial took place. The most important factor in your choice is your own personal preference or that of the deceased. 3. Shape As with choosing the variety of stone for the memorial, choosing the shape should be influenced by the landscape surrounding the final resting place of your family member. It is also good to choose a shape that will harmonize with adjacent memorials. The shape of a memorial stone can also reflect and pay tribute to an interest of the family member being memorialised. Memorials of this kind can be particularly arresting because they celebrate—in a very immediate way—the personality of the deceased. We are happy to custom design a stone to meet your needs, we quote from drawing or photographs. 4. Design The key element of a memorial is of course, the name and dates of your family member’s life. From here, you may want to consider incorporating other elements that evoke and celebrate the life of your loved one. Here are a few ideas: Add a favourite verse that is significant to your family or family member being memorialised. Include symbols of religious affiliation, imagery that recalls the special interests of your loved one, or imagery that commemorates an important event or aspect of your family member’s life. We have hundreds of images to choose from: flowers, religious symbols, angels and animals Or, we can create new imagery at your request. 5. Lettering The style and size of lettering you choose can also affect the design of your memorial. Grey and Gold are the most common colours used. 6. Permanence The monument you purchase should be able to withstand time and weather. It should remain as beautiful as the day it is set. Therefore we only use Granite. Granite rocks are igneous rocks which were formed by slowly cooling pockets of magma that were trapped beneath the earth's surface. Granite is the hardest of all building stones with a very close grain, making it almost impervious to stain and uniquely applicable for any interior or exterior use. If polished, it's high-gloss finish will endure even in harsh environments. Our erection procedure are unique and guarantee the best quality for the erection of the memorial. 7. Value A Memorial stone is an eternal tribute to your beloved family member. Because of this, a memorial stone above all other purchases, must be off the finest quality. Our craftsmanship, design, and guarantee add up to the kind of quality that has makes Martins Funerals Memorials an enduring value. Memorial Definitions "Berm" / “Garden” A concrete base or strip on which a memorial is erected. "Berm Section" (Lawn Section) A concrete strip constructed by the cemeteries contractor at a grace plot on which only a headstone may be erected, and includes an ash berm; Also known as a Lawn section. Kerbing demarcating any grave and a slab covering are not permitted in this section. "Headstone" A commemorative stone erected on a berm. "Memorial" Any tombstone, monument, kerbing, graveguard, kerbing and chips, plaque, and inscription on it, or other similar work erected or intended to be erected in any cemetery or crematorium to commemorate a deceased person. "Niche" A space in a columbarium or in a wall of remembrance in which a funeral urn containing ashes can be placed and over which a memorial is erected. "Memorial Section" A section of a cemetery set aside for the erection of memorials. "Memorial Wall" A wall in a cemetery or crematorium section provided for the placement of inscribed tablets commemorating deceased persons. "Memorial Work" A headstone, monument, plaque, or other work, or object, erected or intended to be erected in any cemetery or crematorium to commemorate a deceased person, and includes a kerb demarcating a grave, and a slab covering a grave. Memorial Erection Procedure 1.The soil around the grave is being levelled. 2.When it is level it will be compacted. 3.Two concrete lintels are put across the grave ( for supporting the soil next to the grave so that it won’t fall in) 4.Concrete is then thrown on top of the compacted area and the lintels. 5.The kerbing are placed in the concrete around the grave( that will form the frame of your memorial) 6.After the kerbing are levelled the ledger (slab) is placed on top of the kerbing frame. 7.If marble chips are used a concrete slab between your kerbing are thrown. 8.All the rest of the components will be build on this depending on the design 9.The components are glued together with cement, silicone and resin.   Home