Hand-Cut Memorial Stone Sundials.
Housing cremated ashes in a garden sculpture is a fantastic idea and this traditional design is simple, elegant and timeless. This stone memorial sundial is available in a choice or either Portland or York stone and are handmade by British craftsmen here in the UK. Keeping the ashes in one of these memorial stone sundials is both a beautiful focal point for your garden, and totally discreet. The urn is held within the structure, you can choose whether you tell people or just admire it yourself.
Dimensions: Height 81 cm x Width 51 cm x Depth 51 cm (32″ x 20” x 20″)
Capacity: will hold a standard ashtainer containing a full set of adult ashes
Portland stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. The quarries consist of beds of white-grey limestone separated by chert beds
York stone is a variety of sandstone, it tight grained, carboniferous sedimentary rock. It consists of quartz, mica, feldspar, clay and iron oxides.
The memorial stone sundials come with an antique brass sundial as standard, or you can choose a bright brass sundial for a small extra charge.
Or you can choose to have a handmade sundial that is available in a choice of brass or slate and will be calibrated to your postcode for a more accurate measurement of the sun’s shadow. The handmade sundials can also be inscribed, just let us know what you would like when we confirm your order.
We send you your sundial with a sealant so that once you have placed your loved one’s ashes into the hollow central column you can simply apply the sealant and place the sundial on top securing the ashes safely inside.
Keeping the ashes
Many people keep their loved one’s ashes at home, some because they are not sure what to do with them, some because they are not yet ready to do something with them and some simply want to keep them close by, in the house. Sometimes, very well meaning, friends will give advice such as ‘it’s time to move on’ or ‘you’ll feel better if you scatter/bury them’. But only you will know how you feel with the loss of your loved one and only you will know when and if the time is right to do something else with the ashes.
Keeping ashes in the garden
We are a nation of gardeners and many people would love to be placed to rest in the garden that they loved, nurtured and enjoyed. The main downside to simply burying the ashes in the garden is that if the house ever has to be sold you will have to find and dig the ashes up or leave them behind, this can be stressful for all involved. By keeping them inside an ornament in the garden not only do you get to put your loved one in the place that they loved, but if you do ever need to move home you can simply take them with you.
The other benefit of a memorial garden ornament is that it is completely discreet. This will give you more time to decide what you want to do as your feelings may change over time. Until then these urns can keep the ashes safely at home without you having to explain your reasons to anyone, if someone admires the keepsake it is up to you whether you tell them or not.
Due to the shape and size there is no need to secure the memorial stone sundial to the ground, it is made of four sections the middle pedestal is hollowed to hold the urn.
If required we will supply a correctly sized urn free of charge. The sundial is fixed in place with a epoxy glue, these are shipped separately.
Delivery: On the checkout page delivery will be calculated to your UK address, this is the delivery price for a pallet to your driveway – you will need to arrange for the movement of the sundial from the driveway to your desired location in your garden. Alternatively you can collect the piece in person.
Please allow 10 Weeks Lead Time.