At Grave Care North East we believe that your loved ones final resting place should be tended and maintained to the highest standards by professionals who are fully trained and experienced in EVERY aspect of grave maintenance.
Most ‘Grave care’ firms are NOT trained in memorial masonry and have a background simply in gardening or a building trade. As such they lack the specialist knowledge necessary to properly clean, restore or repair memorials. Furthermore they often operate outside of the local authority rules and regulations put in place to prevent untrained persons from working on memorials in council operated burial grounds. This can lead to expensive mistakes being made by such firms when carrying out work on valuable memorials made from delicate natural materials such as Natural stone, Slate, Marble and Granite. Most could not even tell the difference between the different types of stone!
For this reason we would urge you to look beyond the slick websites of some firms and establish exactly what background the firm you are to be employing to work on your expensive memorial has in Monumental masonry. If they are not bona fide Monumental masons we would urge you not to allow them to clean, renovate, repair or re-erect your memorial.
You should also check with your local authority’s bereavement services (cemeteries) department to establish whether the firm is an approved contractor registered with them to work in the cemeteries and on what basis (such as providing gardening type services only or a full monumental service).
We have seen many instances of bereaved family’s paying for garden centre type kerb edging to be installed at considerable cost, only for them to be informed by the council that they are in fact illegal to install in council run burial grounds! By which time you, the client, has paid for the work. No north east local authorities (at the time of writing) allow the installation of garden centre kerb edging in their cemeteries, as they cannot be installed to the exacting standards laid down in the N.A.M.M. code of working practice, which governs standards of installation for Monumental masonry.
Our ‘Grave Care’ service is an extension of our Monumental masonry service not a ‘cheap alternative’ to it. Designed to help maintain your memorial by offering regular visits to the grave to provide services such as:
• Inspect the general condition and structural integrity of the memorial.
• Tidy, weed and tend the plot.
• Provide fresh cut flowers or bedding plants if required.
• Carry out any other tasks you may require such as fresh turf laying or seasonal wreath laying.
• Provide fixed price repair work to the memorial if required, carried out by our own qualified Monumental Masons.
Photographic evidence is of course supplied of all work carried out.
You can rest assured that all grave care work is carried out by a fully trained and qualified monumental mason and as such will improve and extend the life of your expensive memorial, not damage it. Why take the risk of using anyone else? You may end up paying for it in the long run.
Below we would like to show 2 pictures of a memorial we professionally cleaned. we hope these pictures give a brief idea of how well we can restore your stone to its original state.
North Shields Showroom 29 Coast Road - Billy Mill - North Shields - NE29 7PG Tel : 0191 296 0003