Memorials and Donations

Memorials

Many families like to commemorate their loved one’s resting place with a permanent memorial. We do not arrange this but we can put you in contact with some skilled craftspeople including monumental masons. Please ask us for more information.

We would like to commission a gravestone. Who should we contact?

Our local memorial stone services are provided by:

What sort of gravestone can we have?

North Yorkshire is fortunate to have many skilled masons. They can carve inscriptions into head stones, gravestones, tombstones and memorials. You can choose from marble, granite, slate or York stone. However we recommend you speak first to the cemetery management as to what is or not allowed to be erected.

Are there any regulations regarding headstones?

Depending on location there may be restrictions. If the headstone is on public land, such as within a graveyard or cemetery, there are restrictions on its size. Churchyards may only allow a certain sort of stone. Please contact us and we can help advise you on contact details.

Donations

Many people choose to commemorate a loved one through giving donations to their favourite charities. You don’t need to pick just one as donations can be split between multiple charities. We can also deal with the distribution of donations afterwards.

Some local charities

We like to champion local charities. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, here are some suggestions of some less well-known charities:

  • Encephalitis Society
  • First Light Trust – a charity for hard to reach veterans of the armed forces and emergency services based in Scarborough.
  • Heart Research UK – helps to fund pioneering research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease, based in Leeds.
  • Macmillan Fundraising Group – 55% of their funding comes from memory donations to support more people with cancer and their families. They  make sure no one faces cancer alone in York, Ryedale and North Yorkshire Coast.
  • Marie Curie provides free nursing services to patients and carers.
  • The Rainbow Centre , a charity supporting the Castle area of Scarborough providing accommodation, medical needs and practical help.
  • RNLI/ Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the charity that saves lives at sea.
  • RSPCA Scarborough – Tackling animal cruelty and neglect. RSPCA Scarborough are totally self-funded and responsible for the area stretching between Whitby, Scarborough and Filey over to Pickering and Helmsley. Established in 1867, it is one of the oldest branches in the UK.
  • Scarborough Hospital Funds – in the past this has helped the Special Care Baby Unit, Children’s Wards, Surgical Wards with special cots, entertainment, cabinets and cushions. You can even stipulate a particular ward.
  • West Ayton Surgery Amenities Fund
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance – Help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance continue to save lives across the region.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there; I did not die.