When a loved one passes away, erecting a headstone is a perfect way of marking their grave or resting place. Headstones are a loving tribute to the person you have lost and often become a place where family and friends can mourn respectfully. But, what type of headstone is best?
Here are some top tips and things to consider when choosing a headstone.
What type of headstones are available?
● Upright headstones – as the most traditional and often most popular options, upright headstones are fixed to the ground and made from marble, limestone or granite.
● Flat headstones – with plenty of space for engraving (similar to upright headstones), flat headstones sit flush to the ground similar to a plaque.
● Cremation memorials – if your loved one was cremated, cremation memorials are a great alternative as they have room for the urn to sit within the memorial itself.
Choose the right inscriptions
An important decision you must think about carefully is the type of inscription you’d like on the headstone or memorial. Details will usually include the deceased name, birth date and death date and a loving message. Common wording includes ‘In loving memory of..’ and ‘Always loved..’, however, you are more than welcome to put something totally unique on the headstone.
● Avoid cramming too many words onto the headstone as it can be hard to read. Instead, stick to a couple of loving sentences or words.
● Use a timeless font that is clear and bold.
● Choose words that capture your loved one as you remember them and will provide comfort to those visiting the headstone.
At Normington & Sons, based in Wakefield, our supportive and experienced team are on hand to help with your funeral plans. We understand stressful planning a funeral can be, but we offer a range of services so you can arrange everything with us. From transport to memorials, get in touch
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