Westerleigh Group has announced that 34 memorials to mark the Covid-19 pandemic were unveiled throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
The 1.5-metre-high stone obelisks each weigh 1.3 tonnes and all carry the same inscription, which reads: “This memorial has been placed to remember and recognise the lives and efforts of all affected by the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Six different designs can be found amongst the obelisks as the group held a competition in each of its geographical regions, inviting local communities to suggest an appropriate drawing that could be etched onto the obelisks.
Official unveiling events were held at each of the 34 locations with families of those who have lost loved ones, NHS workers, funeral directors, local councillors and Mayors, MPs, cabinet ministers and crematoria staff among those attending.
Roger Mclaughlan, CEO of Westerleigh Group, said: “Our crematoria are all very much part of the communities they serve. People visit us at the saddest and toughest times, but we also want our crematoria to be welcoming and peaceful places that can help people in their grieving and remembrance.
“These lasting memorials will provide a tranquil place for people to commemorate and reflect; where they can seek some comfort knowing that the legacy of those affected by the pandemic is not only being recognised but will be remembered for many generations to come.”