After a loved one has passed away, it can be stressful trying to find the right cemetery headstone that will honor their memory. We understand that families feel emotional after the passing of a loved one, which is why we’re offering our guide for how to choose a headstone.
A headstone can be meaningful and healing when it’s designed to celebrate your loved one’s life story. For assistance with picking out a headstone that will follow cemetery regulations, we recommend contacting a custom headstone company near you.
Choose a Reputable Cemetery Memorial Company
Since most people don’t have experience picking out headstones, they’ll need a reputable cemetery memorial company to offer their expertise. Be sure to look for a company that has plenty of experience helping families in your area. For example, our family-owned memorial company has been helping other families in West Michigan pick upright headstones for over 120 years. An experienced headstone dealer will be able to let you know the differences between headstone shapes, colors, and sizes, as well as offer ideas for customization.
Get Inspiration from Cemeteries
While it may seem weird, we encourage you to look at other headstones to see what you like and what you don’t like. If you see a particular design or etching you like, take a picture of it so you can show the headstone dealer later. Many of the families we work with prefer designs featuring flowers, plants, hearts, and crosses. It’s also common for families to pick out a headstone design that features a portrait of the deceased.
Consider the Size
Believe it or not, cemeteries have size restrictions when it comes to headstones. Thankfully, the company you are working with will be able to find out what size restrictions apply to your headstone design before you make a purchase. Size restrictions for headstones dictate what heights and widths are acceptable for certain cemetery sections.
Choose a Color
Most headstones are made of granite. However, did you know that granite comes in many different colors? We recommend having your headstone design in mind when you choose a color as some colors are better suited than others for etchings. Also, keep in mind that certain granite headstones are more expensive than others based on color and what part of the world the granite originated. Granite colors include red, black, blue, and green.
Add Meaning with Customization
Think about the life story you want to tell. Was the deceased religious or enjoy certain hobbies like sports or music? Where they proud of their education or serve in the military? Including these types of details in the design can make a headstone more meaningful. However, keep in mind that the more intricate the design, the more expensive the headstone.Black Monument is a cemetery memorial company that has been helping families honor loved ones with custom headstones for over 120 years. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our staff members to pick out a headstone, give us a call at (616) 452-7802.