Taking care of our loved one’s final resting place is the one thing that we’re still able to do for our relative or friend long after the funeral service has taken place. An essential service to help you do this is that of a gravetenders, who may provide services ranging from basic cleaning to letter inscription, to ensure that a grave looks as well-kept as possible. In this guide we take a look at gravetending services, explaining exactly what they are and what you should expect from such a company.
What are gravetending services?
Gravetending services are far and wide ranging; typical services that a gravetending company may provide include:
The sale and care of graveside ornaments
General memorial maintenance
Grave tending plans that can carry out monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annual maintenance
Some Gravetenders may be able to undertake, or arrange for a stonemason to undertake, the following work:
Repairing and renovating lettering
Gravetending services: How it works
Generally whilst the services above fall under the category of gravetending, it is perhaps more common for this service to be a more general one that involves a set number of visits by the service provider to the graveside. Typically such companies may offer visits to the graveside of between one and twelve times per year, with services including:
Inspecting the grave for issues, such as lettering in need of repair;
Seasonal care and cleaning of the gravestone;
Planting of seasonal bulbs;
Grass cutting, cleaning and water replenishing services;
Fresh poesy of flowers following each visit alongside a personalised card.
The Gravetending plan
Should you choose to use a gravetending service the company in question will work with you to put together a gravetending plan (or care plan description). This acts as a list of expectations and will outline the exact services that the company in question will provide. Most specifically it will list:
The Stone: What cleaning is included and how they will finish the clean (such as polishing);
The plot: General up keeping tasks that will be undertaken;
The ground: What trimming will take place, what shrub, bush or tree care will be provided;
Flowers and vases: How these will be cleaned and finished, as well as whether flowers will be left and how often;
Photographic report: Whether the company will send you a before and after photo to demonstrate their work.
How much do gravetending services costs?
The cost of gravetending services will differ from provider to provider and from service to service, as according to whether it’s a one off visit, such as lettering repair, or ongoing gravetending services. In the former instance the service is generally quoted, with the payment then due in full prior to the work being carried out. However in the latter instance, where visits may be either once to twelve times a year payments are generally made annually, bi-annually or quarterly.
The next step: How to arrange a gravetending service
The number of companies who provide gravetending services will differ from area to area, and you can find out about the companies near to you by simply using our "dedicated Grave Tending page
Whilst Gravetending services can undertake the basic maintenance and provide the care required to keep a resting place looking well-maintained you may require the services of a stonemason company. Such a company’s services include memorial fitting, complex inscription repairs and grave inscriptions.
You can find out more about stonemasonry companies through our Monumental Masons
article, or by searching for a stonemasonry company via our "dedicated stonemasons page