How to Choose a Perfect Monument For
Your Loved One
By Stella Rossa
The main feature, and typically the most expensive part
of a funeral is the cemetery headstone. Apart from the
casket, the headstone is the one item you probably spend
the most time deliberately on. They are relatively
expensive, but often the best way you can build a
monument for your loved one.
Since the tombstones will need to be durable enough to
survive the elements, they need to be made from good
quality materials. They are an investment, as they
should be there for hundreds of years after your loved
one has passed. It will be the main focal point for you
when you visit the grave site, and can be customized
with a personal message to honor the deceased.
Before choosing the tombstone that you want, it is
important that you check the cemetery regulations to
make sure they do not have any rules preventing your
plans. Some are very specific and will only allow stone
or metal plaques on the graves, especially if they are
aiming for a certain look for their grounds. Some
cemeteries will only want a particular type of tombstone
if they are looking for a uniform cemetery.
The majority of headstones are made from granite or a
heavy marble as these are the most durable. With a heavy
granite stone you know that it will be able to handle
extreme weather conditions. They are also great because
they come in many different shapes and sizes and can be
tailored to your needs.
If you are strapped for cash during the planning process
there are many online stores who sell tombstones, which
may work out to be of great value. You may also be
surprised about the many different funeral homes and
monument stores that are local to your area, so is
always beneficial for you to do some research and get
some quotes. Searching on the internet may also give you
some ideas on the type of monument you want to choose to
honor your loved one.
When choosing the words to put on the front of the
tombstone, it is important you choose something that is
meaningful to you and the deceased. Most will have the
name, date of birth, and date of death on them. You can
then choose to add a few meaningful words, a poem or
even a picture. Tombstones these day s are completely
customizable. As you can see, you have many different
options to ensure that not only is it easy for you to
get the perfect headstone, but that you have complete
control of the tribute you want to leave.