Art Stone Memorials, is offering to tidy up and lay wreaths and flowers on the graves of loved ones whose families cannot visit this Christmas.
Art Stone Memorials, which has a workshop in Drakelow and main showroom in Stapenhill, is part of family-owned Wathall’s and also has a presence in the funeral directors’ branches in Derby, Burton, Allestree, Alvaston, Ashbourne and Borrowash.
The team offered the grave visiting service last December when travel and Christmas get- together plans were disrupted by Covid restrictions.
Several families took up the offer and the team are keen to continue the service this year – checking on graves and reporting back any issues, tidying up the area if required and laying wreaths and flowers if families are still unable to visit for whatever reason.
Helen Wathall MBE is the managing director and fifth generation of her family to run Wathall’s funeral directors.
She said: “The Art Stone Memorials team regularly work at local cemeteries, graveyards and crematoria where they install a range of memorials as well as carrying out cleaning, additional inscription and specialist renovation work.
“Using this local knowledge and knowing that many families would not be able to travel and make an annual pilgrimage to a loved one’s grave or cremation memorial last Christmas, we decided to offer to check on graves, do a spot of tidying up and lay flowers and wreaths.
“Several families took us up on this offer so, although restrictions have been lifted, many people, especially those who are older or in poor health, may still not be able to or feel comfortable in travelling again this Christmas so we have decided to repeat the offer.”