Book of Remembrance Memorials
An inscription in the Book of Remembrance is an enduring memorial with no lease to renew, that may be viewed in the comfort of the Upminster Hall of Remembrance or Memorial Chapel in Romford Cemetery.
Current government guidance allows us to reopen the Hall of Remembrance at South Essex Crematorium providing we are able to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. We are currently looking at measures that will enable us to reopen these rooms and will update our web pages accordingly.
The latest updates to our services during the pandemic are here.
An entry in the Book of Remembrance is a permanent memorial located in:
- the Hall of Remembrance at South Essex Crematorium, where a dedicated Children’s Book of Remembrance is also available
- the Memorial Chapel at Romford Cemetery, Crow Lane
Viewing your entry
You can choose the day that you would like to view the entry each year. When you visit you will see:
- six volumes
- displayed in handcrafted oak cabinets
- two pages per day in each book (please ensure that you check them all when searching for your entry)
- entries throughout the year using the Digital Book of Remembrance.
Designing your entry
Your entry should have:
- two to eight lines
- surname followed by first name(s) of the deceased on line one
- your own unique tribute to the deceased on the remaining lines
One way of doing this is to have a motif hand painted by our calligrapher to reflect an aspect of your loved one’s life:
- A football club badge; regimental insignia; a favourite hobby, e.g. a ball of wool and a pair of needles or paint palette; a plant/flower; shoes or toys
- simply describe the item or provide a picture or photo to be copied.
- an additional fee applies
- you will need to have a minimum of 5 lines
The books are sent away to the calligrapher to be updated. The date by which you must apply is shown clearly at the top of the application form.
Copies of the entry that you place in the Book of Remembrance can be ordered using the same form as an entry in the Book and are available as a:
- Card, (a simple replica of one entry)
- Mini Book, (with space for up to six entries this may become a valued family memento)
- Triptych, (a three part folder for display).
Additional Floral tributes
You may not leave flowers or other memorabilia on the floor or cabinets in the Hall of Remembrance; they will be removed. If you wish to have a floral arrangement on display you may order a Floral Display Stand for which there is a fee.
Downloads / Other useful documents: