Here for you and your loved ones:
When a loved one passes away, their memory remains with those who knew and loved them. Constant reminders of everything that made them so special contribute to the process of continual reflection.
Feelings of grief, loss and other emotions can come in unexpected waves and, when they do, it can help to have somewhere peaceful and tranquil to go where you can draw comfort from the memories of your loved one. Portchester Memorial Gardens offers that sanctuary.
A special final resting place for your loved one’s ashes, its soothing garden setting is the perfect spot to remember special occasions and unforgettable memories, helping to slowly ease your heartache.
People who care:
Having lost loved ones ourselves, we can understand some of the emotions and confusion that you may be going through. In fact, the gardens came about because director, Barbara Trimmings, was struggling to find a beautiful spot in which to bury and mark her mother’s ashes. This site was her brainchild and now her daughter, Julie Hind, also works in the family business. Together with office manager, Jodi Spicer, they aim to offer guidance and comfort, helping to make an emotive decision less upsetting and stressful.
Choice and service:
As a privately owned, award-winning memorial garden we are able to offer a wide range of facilities and choices. We work with individuals and families, and in conjunction with funeral directors, to provide the highest quality service.
Once you have selected a plot in your favourite area of the garden, you can choose to lay ashes to rest by casket burial or grave scattering, or simply place a memorial if you have already scattered the ashes elsewhere. The spot can be marked with a choice of memorial stones and plaques; rose bushes, sculptures, benches and ‘family garden’ options are also available in certain part of the garden.
In order to personalise your tribute, our range of memorials come in a variety of styles and colours, with different text styles and colours available as well as the ability to incorporate photographs and motifs.
Our sympathetic staff are available to discuss any requirements and help you create a fitting memorial, exclusive to your loved one.
The gardens are open every day throughout the year (including public and bank holidays) from 8.30am to 6pm (Mar-Oct, British Summer Time), 8.30am to 4.30pm (Oct-Mar, Greenwich Mean Time).
The office is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Staff will happily assist visitors with any enquiries.
Every December we hold a seasonal family memorial service around our lake, in remembrance of the deceased. Led by the chaplain of the Rowans Hospice, we also release 24 white doves before a remembrance lantern is gently floated across the lake accompanied by carols and the sound of a Highland piper. Families can then place a little lantern on their loved ones’ graves as dusk falls.