How Can I Memorialise a Loved One?

Everyone chooses to remember a loved one differently with cultural influences, religious rites and personal choice all playing a part. Below you will find the first 5 ways to mark the passing of a loved one, with a further 5 in our next blog.

Grave Marker

Firstly, because it is the most common form of all memorials, is the headstone; traditional for burials in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions, among others. In most cases a headstone will have the deceased’s name, date of birth, and date of death inscribed. Often the gravestone may have a personal message, or prayer, but they may contain pieces of funerary art, especially details in stone relief. In many parts of Europe insetting a photograph of the deceased in a frame is very common.

One popular type of headstone for Christian burials is a memorial cross (sometimes called an intending cross)

Online memorials

Online memorials are virtual spaces created on the internet for the purpose of remembering, celebrating or commemorating those who have died. An online memorial may be a one-page web page document giving the name of the deceased and a few words of tribute, an extensive information source, or be part of a social media platform where users can add their own words and photos.

One popular form of an online memorial is a tribute page on social media.  Facebook, for example, provides a process for transforming the profile of a deceased user into a memorial.Family members or friends can report an account to be memorialized upon presentation of proof of death.When the account is memorialized, Facebook removes sensitive information such as contact information and status updates, but still enables friends and family to leave posts on the profile wall in remembrance.

Memorial Bench

A memorial bench or memorial seat is a piece of furniture which commemorates a person who has died. Memorial benches are typically made of wood, but you can choose other materials, such as metal or stone. Often, memorial benches are placed in public places but can also be placed in domestic gardens.

Memorial Jewellery

It used to be the case that, once a person had been cremated, you really only had a choice between placing the ashes in an urn or scattering them. Now, however, it is increasingly common to have ashes made into jewellery. The process involves mixing the ashes with coloured glass crystals and clear molten glass to make items such as rings, pendants, cufflinks or paperweights.

Plant a Tree

Planting a memorial tree provides an excellent focus for remembrance. Not only is it a physical location for you to visit, the growth of a tree represents life going on and the passage of time. It’s best to plant a tree that is native to the country in which you are planting it but you may also want to consider the symbolism of different types of tree. For example, Yew trees symbolise the immortality of the soul, an idea that dates from the pre-Christian beliefs and customs of the Celt Druids.


If you decide to opt for a headstone, our headstone insurance team at UK Special Risks are ready to help make sure that the gravestone remains in good repair and a fitting memorial to a loved one. For questions about headstone insurance, please visit our website or call 01634 862525 and one of our advisors will be happy to discuss your insurance requirements.