Book of Remembrance at Oakley WoodCoronavirus update

The Remembrance Chapel and the Book of Remembrance are open. Please ensure you observe social distancing when inside the chapel.

The digital book is currently switched off, but you can view the Book of Remembrance online.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance at Oakley Wood provides a dignified memorial of quality and permanence and is displayed in the Chapel of Remembrance. 

The Remembrance Chapel is normally open every day of the year 9am - 5pm.

Each day a page is turned, permitting inscriptions to be seen every year on the anniversary of the entry date.

There is also touch screen electronic book of remembrance, permitting an image of the inscription to be seen on any day of the year.

There are areas in the chapel where floral tributes and plants can be displayed and a notice board for birthday cards or letters.

Inscriptions may be of two, five or eight lines and can incorporate coats-of-arms, regimental crests or floral emblems. Details of the Book of Remembrance are sent to the applicant for the cremation, approximately one week after the date of cremation. Relatives decide on which date the entry is to be made, normally that of the date of death or a birthday or wedding anniversary. They may view the inscription on that date each year or at any other time by arrangement with the Crematorium Office.

The memorial entries are carefully executed by highly skilled artists. Your wording is penned in black ink with a gold leaf capital letter embossed on alternating red and blue squares.

Arrangements can be made for copies of entries in the Book of Remembrance. The entries are handwritten by the same calligrapher who inscribes the Book. These are particularly suitable for sending to relatives and friends.

The council appreciates that many would like to have the opportunity of commemorating a loved one in a more tangible form and a Donation Fund has been established. Gifts made to this fund will be invested and the income used to maintain the grounds and allow improvements to be made.

Book of remembrance fees

Remembrance cards

Copies of the inscription in the Book of Remembrance can be supplied on a specially designed memorial card. These fulfil the need for a record or memento to treasure personally, or to send to family and friends.

The remembrance card is a folded card measuring approximately 6.5" by 4.75" and is supplied with a protective plastic cover. Inside the card, carefully inscribed by hand, is your chosen date followed by a copy of the original inscription as it appears in the book.