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Memorial plaques

Memorial plaques are a long-lasting way to commemorate a person after they pass away. With many types of plaques to choose from, this guide will explain the process of selecting a plaque for your loved one.

What is a memorial plaque?

A memorial plaque, or commemorative plaque, is a plate of metal or stone that is attached to a fixture to honour the life of the deceased.

The plaque will typically have inscriptions including the name of your loved one, as well as a personal or sentimental message. Plaques are frequently an alternative to a headstone or cremation memorial.

Where to place a memorial plaque

When choosing a memorial plaque, you’ll need to decide where the plaque will be located and if it will be a standalone piece or accompany another memorial such, as a memorial bench or memorial tree. Many people choose to have a memorial plaque at a sentimental location. Plaques can be fixed to:

  • Urns or cremation memorials
  • Trees dedicated to the life of your loved one
  • Sponsored benches or statues
  • The walls of churches, crematoria, or other places of rest
  • Flowerbeds or garden walls
  • Theatre seats

Alternatively, a memorial plaque can be affixed to a stake in the ground and placed in a private garden, graveyard, or public space. Once you have decided on the location, you should make sure you have the permission of the landowner (which may be a local council) and that there are no regulations prohibiting memorial plaques being placed there.

How to choose a memorial plaque

Once you’ve decided on a location for the memorial plaque, you’ll need to think about what it will look like, including:

Personalising a memorial plaque

A memorial plaque is personal to you and your loved one. They are typically engraved with the name of the deceased, as well as their date of birth and death. You may have the option to add a personal message, symbol, or image.

If you would like further advice on what to put on a memorial plaque or have questions about personalisation, your local Funeral Director can will be able to help.

Plaque designs

Many people find that involving themselves in the design of a memorial can help them to cope with their feelings of loss. Families often come together to choose a plaque design that best commemorates the life of their loved one. Memorial plaques are available in different shapes, sizes, and colours, from traditional to modern designs.

Some of the most popular shapes for memorial plaques include:

  • Oval – An oval shape gives you more room to add longer inscriptions. The oval is said to represent eternal love, harmony and peace.

  • Circle –A smaller area for text to be added, the circle shape symbolises protection, nurture and for the religious, the union between heaven and Earth.

  • Rectangular – A rectangular plaque offers you enough room to add different lengths of text as well as images or shapes. Easy to mount on many settings, the rectangle represents a comforting dependability, integrity and balance.



Bronze, brass and stainless steel memorial plaques are all popular choices because of their durable nature. Remember that you’ll want to give the plaque a polished, special finish, but you’ll also want it to stand the test of time, so it’s important to choose a suitable metal.

  • Bronze: A popular choice due to being low maintenance and such a strong material. Bronze is also resistant to corrosion from rain and snow.

  • Brass: An alloy of copper, brass will look very similar to bronze in colour. Brass is also a softer metal, so should be finished with a protective lacquer coating.

  • Stainless steel: Strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions and a less expensive choice, stainless steel is popular for coastal memorial plaques.

As an alternative to metal, granite memorial plaques are easy to clean and maintain. If you choose granite, you aren’t limited to grey and white colours in the design. There are many colours available to you, including granite with a subtle sparkle. Ask your local Funeral Director about the types of granite they can provide for the plaque.

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