Taking orders for children’s headstones is one of the saddest parts of a monumental mason’s profession. However, we do draw some comfort that the service we provide does go some way to helping with the grieving process.

Local authorities are now far more understanding when it comes to colours and ornamentation at children’s graves. Gone are the days when the only way you could tell if a grave was that of a child was by reading the inscription, or maybe a cherub was present.

Nowadays, it is not unusual to see children’s headstones etched with cartoon or toy images, with the area around the grave containing a variety of ornaments such as windmills and brightly coloured chippings.

There are plenty of options when it comes to children’s headstones. They may be in a conventional ogee shape with imagery added, such as a favourite cartoon character. Alternatively they can be carved in the shape of butterflies, stars, teddy bears, cartoon characters (Winnie the Pooh and friends are very popular), or even as a castle, football or toy train.

If you add a kerb set to a child’s grave, it adds scope for more ornamentation and perhaps bright coloured chippings. These help make the graveside less of a place of mourning, but somewhere where life can be commemorated and those special memories remembered. This can especially be the case if you are taking other young children there.

At Alberti, Lupton & Co we have Greater Manchester’s largest selection of memorials, including many children’s headstones, on display at our premises. In addition to what we have on display, we are able to work with you to design a bespoke memorial if you have something in mind. We are conscientious of your wishes and will work with you at your pace. We appreciate what a difficult time this is and that it is important to make the right choices and not be hurried along.

Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide assistance on what types of memorial and materials work best for your wishes.