Memorial Headstones - Selecting The
By Clark Singer
Memorial headstones are all about keeping the flame
alive, giving us a point of contact with our loved ones
that have passed away. They represent everything from
the personality of our loved ones to their dreams and
what we think about them. They can comfort us and can be
an inspiration for us.
Different kinds of material are used in the manufacture
of headstones. Typically, different kinds of granite and
marble are typically used although you may find the
occasional gravestone that is made of some other ceramic
material. Bronze is also typically used for headstones
and they are long lasting and have a beautiful finish.
The colors of these different materials also differ, and
within these different colors are gradations in shades
and depth. These colors usually exist in shades of gray
to black, blue, red and purple. Make sure that the
choice of the memorial headstone goes with the different
decorations if you plan to use them. For example, it is
usually recommended to know which type of inscriptions
and engravings you plan to make before choosing the
color of the headstone. This is because some colors,
especially the lighter shades do not show engravings
Memorial headstones have different shapes and sizes
depending on your needs. There are as many varieties as
there are people, and you can certainly choose from the
traditional to the sophisticated and uncommon. If you
find nothing that suits what you have in mind for your
special someone, you can often have your ideas developed
for you to produce a unique headstone.
You may desire to have the memorial headstone carved on.
There is a stock of traditional religious images that
can be worked unto the headstones. You can find one that
conveys the feelings you wish to represent, or you can
decide to have one carved for you. After all, it is
about what that stone means to you and the link you have
with your loved one that drives your choice, so you
should have a chance to customize it to taste.
Photographs and epitaphs can be used to personalize the
memorial headstone to greater detail. This is usually
accomplished by etching the photographs of your loved
one or almost anything that you believe will be an
appropriate memorial to them can be etched unto the
headstone using a laser engraving techniques. The type
and style of texts can be chosen as you desire.
Memorial headstones are literally made to last forever.
The choice of material used is resistant to corrosion
and they can stay in a good condition if they are
regularly taken care of. Choosing them is both an
emotional and an engaging experience and careful thought
of the person you are choosing to remember by should
guide you in this process.