Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Should I Leave the Ground to Settle Before Erecting a Memorial Headstone?

How soon can I erect a headstone after burial?

Before placing a memorial headstone directly onto a burial grave to remember a loved one, there is a recommended waiting period of at least 6 months. However, this is a minimum recommendation; we advise waiting a little longer (around 12 months), as this will better allow for the ground to settle. This advised wait period of between 6 to 12 months is not only to ensure the earth has had time to settle, but to also give the best possible chance of preventing grave sinking. Headstones that are erected too early can cause grave subsidence or sinking, and increase the risk of the headstone leaning forward over time. Grave sinking can be very distressing and understandably you want a nice, peaceful place to visit your loved one.

For cremated remains, there is not an advised waiting period before a memorial is erected. Memorial headstones for cremated remains can be immediately fitted after the burial of ashes. In addition, if there is a concrete plinth at the back of the grave, a headstone can be fitted immediately after the burial and no wait period is required.

Why are headstones and memorial plaques important?

Headstones are important because they provide somewhere we can visit to remember our loved one. As human beings, we place great significance and importance on feeling like we, and our loved ones, have left a mark on the world; a headstone is the perfect opportunity for us to do that.

How can I choose the right type of gravestone for my loved one?

After a funeral or burial, the next step for many families to start thinking about is how best to commemorate their loved one with a plaque, memorial monument or gravestone. As this headstone is intended to last for many generations, we advise waiting longer before you begin to fit a headstone for your loved one. This is to ensure its longevity and means that the end result will be there for an extended period of time. 

Here at Cope Memorials, we understand that choosing the right type of headstone for your loved one can be tricky, especially at such an extremely difficult and upsetting time. There are so many different options available for you to choose from, including standing, flat, cremation or kerbed. Before purchasing a memorial, it is important to consider the types of material used, the design of the headstone and how you would like it inscribed. We want to help simplify this process for you, which is why we are always on hand to offer expert knowledge and guide you through the process.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in learning more about our headstones, or have any further questions about the services we offer at Cope Memorials, please get in touch with our friendly team and give us a call on 01773 602 187, or fill out our online enquiry form.

Headstone vandalism

I am worried that my headstone may be vandalised and I won’t be able to afford to replace it, what can I do?

We offer a product called stonecare, you can protect your memorial from vandalism from as little as £55 for 5 years. If during this time your memorial is damaged and the damage can be repaired, we would repair it. If the memorial was a write off and could not be repaired we would erect a new replacement memorial headstone. There is no excess to pay.

Quality Assurance

How do I know that my memorial is going to be made and installed to the highest quality?

All Cope Memorials are fitted to BRAMM/NAMM current safety standards and we are a BRAMM accredited company. Alex Cope has 20 years experience at making & installing memorials to the highest standards coming from a family of memorial makers with 108 years experience. Most of our work still comes from repeat customers and from our customers recommending us to others.

Memorials That Aren’t Listed

I have seen a memorial that I like on another website/brochure which isn’t shown on Cope Memorials website, can you still supply me?

Yes we can, please email or post a photo of the memorial you require to us, with the approximate dimensions of the headstone and base, and we will come back to you within 5 days with a definite price and completion date.

Extra Costs

Are there any extra costs to be added to your website/brochure list prices?

Yes, the Cemetery or Church where your memorial is to be fitted will make a charge. This will be added to the total cost of your memorial. Cemetery fees’ are not included in our list prices because they vary from place to place, costing from £50-£165 depending on location. Please call or email us to confirm the Cemetery/Church fee for you’re area. Also if you have any extra letters over the 70 included in our list prices we charge £1.75 per letter.

Time Expectations

How long will it take from ordering my memorial headstone to erection of the memorial?

If your memorial is in stock within 8 weeks. If your memorial has to be imported 12 weeks. If you require a memorial completing in less than 8 weeks please call us with your requirements.

What areas do Cope Memorials service?

Included in our list price we will fit memorial headstones to a radius of 30 miles. Including: Derby, Burton, Nottingham, Mansfield, Chesterfield, Ripley, Alfreton, Leabrooks, Matlock, South Normanton, Sutton in Ashfield, Kirkby in Ashfield and all surrounding villages around these areas. For areas outside the 30 mile radius we would make a surcharge for travel time and expenses. Please call or email us to get an exact costing for longer distances.

Price Matching

I have found a memorial headstone the same as one on Cope’s Website that is cheaper, would Cope’s beat the price?

We would beat the price by £40 if the memorial is exactly the same (written proof or a printout from the website must be given) and the other memorial company must actually service the area you require the memorial fitting in.