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Memorials

Memorials are lasting symbol of remembrance, when a loved one has passed away families often wish to have a lasting memorial put in place in order to commemorate and remember them. 

Walsall's Bereavement Service is able to provide information and assistance with a variety of memorials.

Please be aware that orders for memorials may take longer to process and fulfill due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All memorial applications must be sent to BereavementServices@walsall.gov.uk.

See Memorial Fees

Payment will be taken over the phone so please make sure you supply us with a contact number.

We are in the process of introducing new memorial options. If you would like us to send you details about them please send an email to us at the above address.

Book of Remembrance

 

An entry in the Book of Remembrance is a simple and lasting memorial. Each book is handmade using traditional methods. There is a separate page for each day and these are displayed on the dates they are relevant.

The Ryecroft books contain inscriptions which have red initials and the Streetly books contain inscriptions which have 23 carat gold initials.

Inscriptions, which can be 2, 5 or 8 lines long, are hand written by skilled calligraphers who can also create miniature images alongside the text of the longer entries.

An exact digital replica of each book is available to view using the link below. This enables you to see your entry at any time irrespective of the date or time of day.

 

VIEW BOOKS OF REMEMBRANCE ONLINE

 

Location: Book of Remembrance room, Streetly Crematorium

Accessibility: 365 day access, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: Permanent

Options available: 2, 5 or 8 lines of text, floral and non-floral emblems or coats of arms

Application form

 

 

Miniature Books of Remembrance and Memorial Cards

Your very own, handmade and inscribed, Book of Remembrance will contain 7 pages allowing up to 14 inscriptions. Each book is covered is beautiful soft grey suede which is embossed with the word ‘Remembrance’. As with the main Book of Remembrance each entry can have a miniature image placed alongside it if you wish.

Memorial cards are high quality card stock with a wild rose image and the word ‘Remembrance’ printed on the front. The card can only hold 2 inscriptions but these will be hand inscribed by a skilled calligrapher in the same way as the main and miniature books are. 

As with the books you can choose to have a miniature image placed alongside an inscription if you wish.

Miniature books have 7 pages and can hold 14 inscriptions. Cards can hold a maximum of two inscriptions.

 

Location: Your home

Accessibility: Limitless

Type of memorial: Permanent

Options available: 2, 5 or 8 lines of text, floral and non-floral emblems or coats of arms

Application form

Hardwick Memorials

Small copper brown plaques are engraved with up to 8 lines of text. The engravings are then filled with gold enamel to ensure the inscription is highlighted. There is space on the plaque for an engraved image or a photo plaque to be added if you wish to include one.

The plaque is then installed on a granite base which incorporates a vase so that you may leave fresh cut flowers when you visit. No other vases or memorabilia are permitted.

There is no facility for cremated remains to be placed underneath or held within the memorial.

If you choose not to renew the lease you can collect the plaque to keep at home.

 

Location: Streetly Cemetery Garden of Remembrance

Accessibility: 365 days, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: 15 year lease

Options: up to 8 lines of engraved inscription, emblems and/or photo plaques

Application form

Foley Memorial Vaults

The body of these personal vaults, which can hold up to 2 sets of cremated remains, is a light grey granite. The vault is sealed with a black granite plaque which can be inscribed with up to 12 lines of engraved text. The engraved inscription is filled with gold enamel and there is space for an engraved image or a photo plaque to be added if you wish to include one.

The vault has an incorporated vase so you may leave fresh cut flowers when you visit. No other vases or memorabilia are permitted.

If you choose not to renew the lease you can collect the plaque to keep at home. The range of options available for the dispersal of the cremated remains will be discussed with you at the time you are invited to renew your lease but you can choose to take them home if you would like to.

 

Location: Streetly Crematorium

Accessibility: 365 days, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: 20 year lease

Options: up to 12 lines of engraved inscription, emblems and/or photo plaques

Application form

Kerbside 'Bon Accord' Plaques

 

  1. Bloxwich and Ryecroft cemeteries, application form

This memorial option contains space for up to 2 sets of cremated remains to be interred beneath the memorial plaque. Vases are not included but can be purchased from local memorial masons and placed behind the plaque. No other memorabilia is permitted.

The plaques are made of a mid-grey granite which is engraved with a border and up to 3 lines of text. The engravings are filled with a pale grey enamel paint. A further 3 lines of text can be added at any time, for an additional fee.

 

  1. Streetly Cemetery, application form

This memorial option contains space for up to 2 sets of cremated remains to be interred beneath the memorial plaque. A vase holder is incorporated into this memorial so that you may leave fresh cut flowers if you wish to. No other vases or memorabilia are permitted.

The plaques are made of a mid-grey granite which is engraved with a border and up to 4 lines of text. The engravings are filled with a pale grey enamel paint. A further 4 lines of text can be added at any time, for an additional fee.

 

 

Location: Bloxwich, Ryecroft and Streetly cemeteries

Accessibility: 365 days, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: Permanent

Options: up to 6 lines of inscription at Bloxwich and Ryecroft cemeteries, up to 8 lines of inscription and a vase at Streetly Cemetery

Wall Tablets

Small sand coloured plaques are engraved with up to 5 lines of text. The engravings are then filled with black enamel to ensure the inscription is highlighted. There is space on the plaque for an engraved image or a photo plaque to be added if you wish to include one.

 

The plaque is then installed on a black wall mounted frame which fully accessible.

There is no facility for cremated remains to be placed underneath or held within the memorial and there is no option for vases or other memorabilia to be left near the plaque.

If you choose not to renew the lease you can collect the plaque to keep at home.

Location: Streetly Crematorium

Accessibility: 365 days, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: 10 year lease

Options: up to 5 lines of inscription, emblems and/or photo plaques

Application form

 

Caskets and Urns

Wooden casket

A simple, yet high quality, wooden casket to hold 1 set of cremated remains. The casket could be used for transporting cremated remains to their final resting place but is also suitable for keeping at home if you wish to. The casket is supplied with an engraved gold coloured name plaque.

Metal urn

A simple spun silver coloured metal urn which is ideal for transporting cremated remains to their final resting place. The urn is supplied with an engraved gold coloured name plaque.

Location: Your home

Accessibility: Limitless

Type of memorial: Permanent

Options: Wooden caskets, metal urns

Cremated Remains Graves

These graves are designed to hold up to four sets of cremated remains. Memorialisation of the grave is flexible so long as the overall dimensions of the option you choose meet our requirements. Memorials can be sourced from a local memorial mason and fitted once a memorial permit application has been approved.

Given the number of locations these graves are available, and the flexibility of the memorialisation, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

Location: Bentley, Bloxwich, James Bridge, North Walsall, Streetly and Willenhall Lawn cemeteries

Accessibility: 365 days, suitable for all abilities

Type of memorial: Permanent

Options: various sites

Application form

 

Booking a burial or scattering of ashes

  1. Family decide whether to have the ashes buried or scattered.

Burial options:

  • Under a kerbside plaque at Bloxwich, Ryecroft or Streetly cemetery
  • In a Foley vault at Streetly Cemetery
  • In a cremated remains grave at Bentley, Bloxwich, James Bridge, North Walsall, Streetly or Willenhall Lawn cemetery
  • A family grave (this will require the permission of the grave owner)
  • A new full size grave at North Walsall, Streetly or Willenhall Lawn cemetery

Scatter options:

  • Gardens of remembrance are available at Bloxwich, Ryecroft and Streetly cemeteries. These are large grassed communal areas where a number ashes are scattered each year. There are specific areas for leaving floral tributes but no individual / personal memorials can be placed in the gardens themselves
  1. Family complete the relevant application form:

Burial:

Scatter:

  1. Family or funeral director submit all relevant paperwork via email to BereavementServices@walsall.gov.uk
  2. We will call you to book an appointment and take payment so please make sure you supply us with a contact number. Please note our number shows as withheld
  3. We will email confirmation of your appointment. This will include a map of where to meet our representative
  4. On the day of the service family arrive at the cemetery or crematorium and gather in the specified location
  5. Council representative will meet you and carry out identity checks, then:

Burial:

  • Representative will place the ashes in accordance with your application
  • Representative will install the memorial plaque or backfill the grave

Scatter:

  • Representative will take the ashes and transfer them into a scattering urn
  • Representative will return and lead you to the Garden of Remembrance where the ashes will be scattered in accordance with the instruction you gave on the application form
  1. Our representative will leave you to have time for reflection

Our staff will update the records to show the location of the ashes