several different gravestones in a graveyard

The Significance of Material for Headstones

Headstones or gravestones are incredibly personal, and should always be tailored to the person they’re commemorating. In addition to the inscription, shape, and flowers on a memorial, though, it’s extremely important to seriously consider the implications of the material you use. What type of headstone materials are available? Granite Granite remains one of the...

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Why Are Headstones Important?

Accepting that someone we love has gone is never easy, and no-one ever gets over it. Nor should anyone be expected to; it’s a heartbreaking part of life that everyone goes through at some point. Regardless of the kind of funeral you opt for, many people choose to commemorate their loved one with a...

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History of stonemasonry

A Short History of Stonemasonry

It is generally accepted that the practice of stonemasonry dates back thousands of years. Exactly when people started shaping rocks and stones is unknown, but it would be impossible to put together a comprehensive history without writing a book. For that reason, we’ve put together a very short history of stonemasonry, taking a look...

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Advantages of the Repass, or Post-Funeral Reception

What is a funeral repass? A funeral reception or repass is a gathering after a funeral service or memorial. Often these are open to everyone to attend. If so, then an invitation is announced prior to the funeral service, or at the end of the service by a clergy, family member or funeral director....

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Choosing the Right Memorial

Choosing the right memorial is never an easy task. Irrespective of the difficulty of finding the right style to match the person in question, having to choose at a tough time personally makes it a very hard thing to do. That is why Cope Memorials have put together a small advice post, to try...

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Baby angel sculpture for children's headstones

Choosing Children’s Headstones

As a parent, there is nothing more difficult than losing a child. Alongside the feelings of loss and hurt following their passing, you may also feel scared and overwhelmed at the prospect of choosing a headstone or memorial for your little one. Cope Memorials are here to let you know that you are not...

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A picture of a jazz funeral in New Orleans, one of many unique ritual rites and traditions from around the world

Funeral Rites and Traditions from around the World

Funeral rites are an extremely important practice to many cultures and religions, each with their own specific traditions that help family and friends come to terms with the passing of a loved one, bless the passage of the deceased into the afterlife, and grant those who remain the opportunity to grieve and heal together....

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Remembering a Loved One at Christmas

We carry with us, at all times, the memories of those who have passed away. However, this can be particularly difficult during the festive season when we are surrounded by merriment and laughter but not the company of our deceased loved ones. Whether this is your first Christmas, or one of many spent grieving...

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Things to Consider When Planning Your Funeral

Relieving the strain on loved ones during a difficult time; ensuring that costs don’t run too high; having clarity on your final wishes; these are just some of the many reasons why more people are arranging their own memorial service. We understand that for some it is a life-affirming experience whilst for others it...

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