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TOUCHING TRIBUTE: Berkhamsted cemetery unveils memorial to commemorate loved ones

 Published on: 6th March 2022   |   By: Jenny Hersh   |   Category: Uncategorized

Berkhamsted’s Rectory Lane Cemetery, which turns 180 years old this year, has created a new memorial to commemorate locals in both life and death, called A Celebration of Life.

A Celebration of Life is a wall of bespoke glass tiles, located in the cemetery’s newly established Garden of Remembrance.

The tiles and memorial design are the work of local glass artist, Jessica Ecott, and with each tile that is added, a picture will begin to emerge of a flower bed in full bloom.

The tiles can be purchased not only in memory of those who have recently passed away, but to celebrate a life or a life previously lost.

There are 450 tiles available, at a cost of £78 each, with a personalised, engraved dedication.

All proceeds will go towards the cemetery’s upkeep.

Kate Campbell, community engagement officer and ranger, said: “The aim is to create a beautiful and growing artwork that keeps the cemetery alive as a space for remembering for the people of Berkhamsted.”

James Moir, project manager, added: “The memorial is very much an expression of love in all its forms, whether for friends and family, for those who are with us now, or who died recently or long ago.

“The tiles have been painted in such a way that they get shot through with the light and become a very poignant way of connecting with the memories and thoughts of loved ones that can be forgotten in our busy day-to-day lives.”

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