Frequently Asked Questions
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You are entering an agreement for a single, standard, or large niche, with a fixed term measured in years (maximum 99). The agreement is entered into with the management company, which comprises Sacred Stones Ltd and the landowner.
Less than the national average. Price schedules can be found on our website.
If you elected a ‘direct/simple’ cremation option from a funeral director the cost is likely to be between £1,500-£1,700. Coupled with our single niche the total cost is less than the national
Our Single niches are £1,950 for 99 years. A handmade felt urn is included in this price.
Total cost of cremation and the single niche is between £3,450 and £3,650
The National Average according to SunLife’s 2016 Survey is £3,897.00
Our service is in contrast to existing alternatives which typically last for one generation only, often with no option to extend. We believe niches should be available to pass from one generation to the next there by providing a lasting monument for multiple generations. Prefabricated ‘above ground vaults’ in memorial gardens are typically more expensive.
We provide you with a handmade felt urn for the ‘single niche’, and a stone facade for all niches. This provides security and personalisation of the niche – Note that personalisation (letter carving) and fixing the cover is not included. We recommend a letter carver and mason to fix the cover. Use of the Barrow site for a private ceremony is available for the whole day at no cost.
Yes. Many take comfort knowing they have their affairs in order and so secure ownership of a niche ahead of time.
No. The niche is yours for the specified term, and thus if your able too please put as many as you wish into the space provided, bearing in mind the depth of the stone niche cover.
Yes. Your family (or solicitor) will be contacted 3 months before the end of the term advising that the agreement is available for renewal. If the agreement is not extended, in the absence of any other instructions and after a period of 3 months, the urn(s) may be removed and the ashes strewn in a marked area within the barrow’s site. We are keen to stress ashes will always be scattered on or around the barrow.
We will host regular ‘open days’. Please check our website or email us for more information. If you would like to visit any other time we will be happy to meet you on site.
When you have ashes to place simply contact us to arrange a convenient date. You are welcome to use the barrow site for your own personal service, with no time limitation.
Yes. We believe our site(s) encourage a form of pilgrimage, thereby providing a venue to commemorate and share memories, whilst creating new experiences. To ensure privacy, commemorative events are by appointment only.
The barrow entrance is secured with a locked galvanised steel gate, the access code is provided to niche owners only. We have the ability to change the code and use an override key if need be. The car park is also secure, but please note we cannot be held responsible for items left in cars etc. Access is available all year round between 0900 and 1700: please check our website (or call) to make sure there isn’t a private ceremony.
Pricing & Other Useful Documents
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|Niche Type||Capacity||Term||Price (£)|
|Single Capsule||1 urn||99 years||£1,950|
|Double niche||2+ urns||15 years||£1,500|
|Double niche||2+ urns||25 years||£2,750|
|Double niche||2+ urns||99 years||£4,800|
|Multi-urn niche||5+ urns||99 years||£7,000|
Term extensions are available. Sacred Stones will notify your family/solicitor 3 months prior to the end of the term to enquire if you’d like to extend.
The ‘Term’ commences with placement of the first urn, or within three years of signing the niche agreement, whichever is the sooner.
Other than the single capsule we don’t restrict how many sets of ashes are placed into a niche.
Single - Designed to hold one set of ashes, a hand made felt urn is included. Transferring ashes to the urn is the responsibility of the purchaser (Capacity 180 cubic inches).
Double Niche – Dimensions (approx.): 300mm x 355mm x 475mm
Multi-urn Niche – Dimensions (approx.): 600mm diameter x 375mm
Should you be concerned about the dimensions of your urn(s) relative to a niche please contact us prior to purchase.
All niches are sealed with a stone façade (included in the purchase). Personalisation of the stone façade is not included in the purchase price.
*Based on an urn size of: 170mm diameter x 230mm height.
Sacred Stones Ltd 2016 – Terms and Conditions apply.
Cheques payable to the specific barrow site (e.g. Sacred Stones Willow Row Ltd – Sacred Stones Hopleys Limited – Sacred Stones Soulton Long Barrow Limited.) or via BACS (see site specific details in our locations page).
|Unlike most alternatives we will restrict the price of renewing a term. Any price increase will be index linked to inflation (Retail Price Inflation) as published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).|