A headstone is a way for you to commemorate the life of a loved one and mark your loved one's place in the cemetery for future visits. Unfortunately, choosing a headstone can be overwhelming, especially when you consider all the available options and that you are making this difficult decision during an emotional period.
When choosing a cemetery headstone for your loved ones, here are a few simple dos and don'ts to keep in mind.
Do Understand the Cemetery's Rules and Regulations
Contact the cemetery to determine their rules and regulations regarding headstones. For example, there might be size restrictions if you decide to purchase an upright headstone. Some cemeteries have rules about the color of the stone used. Other cemeteries may also not allow grave markers that feature granite or metal flower vases.
Another common issue with cemeteries is the use of porcelain to create photo memorials. While these headstones are an elegant way to remember your loved one's likeness, some cemeteries do not allow porcelain photos because the porcelain can be fragile and might suffer damage. In addition to following the cemetery's rules and regulations regarding headstones, it is important to fill out any necessary paperwork before having the headstone installed.
Don't Feel Like You Need to Make the Decision Right Away
There are several options available, and you might feel overwhelmed and rushed to make a decision in time for the funeral or burial. However, be aware that it is okay to take several weeks or even months to decide which headstone best represents your loved one. Taking your time will ensure that you make the best decision based upon your budget and your wishes for your loved one's final resting place.
Do Create a Budget
Finally, be aware that there are several factors that will impact the final cost of your loved one's headstone. For example, one of the most common is the size and shape of the headstone. Typically, flat or flush headstones are the most cost-effective because these headstones require the least amount of materials and they are typically smaller than other types of headstones.
Larger, upright headstones or specialist headstones, such as benches, are more expensive because they require more materials and time to create the piece. The quality and colors of the granite is another factor to consider as well.
From creating a budget to understanding the cemetery's rules and regulations, there are several dos and don'ts to keep in mind when choosing your loved one's headstone.