BURIALS, SCATTERINGS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES
Arnos Vale is a unique cemetery and beloved Bristol landmark
Established at the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, its architects created a scenic garden for gentle recreation and respectful remembrance of those who had passed. Following this tradition, Arnos Vale has been re-established as a serene final resting place, a beautiful natural landscape, and a welcoming location that encourages visitors to celebrate life and remember those who’ve passed.
We are currently facing uncertain times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please rest assured that we remain committed to caring for your loved one, your family and you during these uncertain times. We know how important a funeral service can be and we are looking for solutions to maintain or create a new way of arranging these so that everyone can have the service or celebration of life that they deserve.
When someone dies there are several things that you must do in the first few days - find out more here
If you would like to visit the Books of Remembrance, an appointment-only system is now in place. Appointments can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 0117 971 9117. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings on appointments unless they have an exemption. Hand sanitiser will be provided for visitors to use on entry and exit, alongside a regular cleaning service.
If you'd like to contact our Cemetery Service Co-ordinator please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are several ways you can commemorate your loved one within the grounds of Arnos Vale.
PLAQUES & MEMORIALS
You can place a plaque under one of our existing trees, or in the Gardens of Rest. A memorial bench is a lovely way to provide a relaxing place to remember those departed. A plaque can be placed on our Memorial Wall. Our West Lodge houses Books of Remembrance in which you can include an calligraphic entry, whether your loved one’s final resting place is Arnos Vale or elsewhere. The pages of the books are turned daily to remember people who passed that day.
For those who are unable to tend their loved one’s grave regularly. We provide a grave tidy service to remove all plants and weeds and ensure the path to the grave is accessible. This service can also be carried out for the grave of any person interred here over the last 170 years.
BOOKS OF REMEMBRANCE
The Books of Remembrance are displayed in our West Lodge. A page or two is allocated to each day of the year and the pages are turned daily. Historically, entries tended to be added on the date of death but you may like to add a loved ones entry on a date that is more significant to you such as a birthday or anniversary. You may also like to add a comment in your new entry about a previous relative who was added on another date, linking them together for future generations to see. We are more than happy to help or advise on wording and how entries can be linked in this way.
Each entry into the Books of Remembrance is hand-written in beautiful script and fine inks by a professional calligrapher. Entries are available in two, five or eight line additions with the option to add a flower, emblem, motif or coat of arms. Memorial cards and miniature books of remembrance are also available to order for those wishing to keep a record at home or to pass on to relatives or friends. The Books of Remembrance have been digitally scanned, so you can view records up to February 2010 and before from the comfort of your own home (please note that we are currently experiencing some technical issues with this and hope to restore this function by the end of October 2020)