A Celebration of Life – and Love – at Rectory Lane Cemetery
Berkhamsted’s Rectory Lane Cemetery have created a memorial to enable the local community to commemorate loved ones in life and death. The memorial which is called “A Celebration of Life” is a vibrant wall of glass tiles, situated in the cemetery’s Garden of Remembrance. Individuals can purchase one or more glass tiles to be hung onto the wall, with an engraved dedication.
Each of the 450 tiles available and the overall design of the memorial is the work of local glass artist, Jessica Ecott. The design has been carefully planned so that with each tile that is added a picture begins to emerge of a flower bed in full bloom.
“The aim,” explains Community Engagement Officer and Ranger, Kate Campbell, “is to create a beautiful and growing artwork that keeps the cemetery alive as a space for remembering for the people of Berkhamsted.”
Tiles don’t have to be dedicated to those who have passed away. They can celebrate a life or a life lost.
“The memorial is very much an expression of love in all its forms,” Project Manager James Moir adds, “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.”
The Rectory Lane Cemetery turns 180 years old this year. It was recently the focus of a volunteer-led restoration project to turn the long-neglected site into a vibrant and contemporary garden of commemoration, with an emphasis on improving the local community’s emotional well-being and connection with local heritage and wildlife.
How to commission a commemorative tile for your loved one
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The fee for the purchase of the tile, management of the engraving and hanging process and registering the tile is £78. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the cemetery.