How to create a lasting—and fitting—memorial

Following the suicide of her step-daughter in 1988, Harriet Frazer found it difficult to create a fitting memorial to her because of the limited and uninspired range of gravestones available and the lack of information about artists. As a result she founded the charity Memorials by Artists to maintain and renew the British tradition of individual memorialisation and letter carving. On its 20th anniversary, the trust is publishing a guide which contains information, based on the experience of 2,000 bereaved families, about individually commissioned memorials, including advice on their design, the choice and care of stone, epitaphs, churchyard rules and the contact details for artists. More than 100 photographs illustrate gravestones, tablets, glass engravings, sundials, seats, fountains and boulders. D.L.

o Harriet Frazer and Nicholas Sloan, Memorials by Artists Guide (Memorials by Artists), 44 pp, £12 (pb) ISBN 9780951571149; For copies and information: Memorials by Artists, Snape Priory, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1SA, % +44 (0)1728 688934, www.memorialsbyartists.co.uk.

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