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How to Choose a Headstone for Your Loved One's Grave

Published: April 18, 2022

A few tips for choosing the perfect headstone for your loved one.

As you begin planning funeral arrangements for your loved one, you'll soon discover that choosing a headstone is one of the most personal tasks involved. This is an opportunity to honor this important person in your life and create a lasting memory that will be seen by family and friends for many years to come. To help you get started, we've put together some quick tips on how to choose a headstone for your loved one.

Work with a Professional

Before you sit down and start figuring everything out, look around for a professional headstone designer. Local funeral homes will either provide this service or will work with a trusted designer in your local area. If you're searching for one on your own, ask how long they've been in business and have them show you some examples of their work.

Figure Out a Budget

There are multiple costs involved with a funeral and you should split each one up into their separate components. While you're shopping around for a headstone, there may be certain details that you want to add along the way. This will necessitate pulling funds from other areas of the funeral costs or increasing the budget as a whole.

Follow Their Wishes

In many instances, your deceased loved one may have left behind a will with very specific details concerning their funeral or they may have mentioned their desires for a headstone. This could include certain accessories that they'd like to have added or maybe a favorite quote or detail about their life. If your loved one didn't express his or her wishes, ask close family members or friends for ideas on what they would have liked.

Choose the Material

You can't really go wrong with any sort of material because every headstone is going to be designed to last. However, each type of material will give the gravesite a unique appearance and can differ greatly in terms of cost. The most common types of materials used for headstones include granite, marble, limestone, bronze, and stainless steel.

Choose the Size/Shape

The overall size of the headstone will often be dictated by the area of the burial plot, but even then, you'll need to decide on the headstone's height. As for the shape, you'll have several to choose from such as a cross, heart, serpentine, tear, half ogee, and others. You also have the option of having a designer create a customized shape that reflects your loved one’s personality, occupation, hobbies, etc., though there may be limitations.

Choose the Finish

Just like the different types of materials you can choose from, you can also choose from a variety of finishes. For example, you may want to have the headstone fully polished or partly polished, both of which will give the headstone a smooth and shiny quality to it. However, you might desire a more traditional, less flashy appearance, so you may want to go with a pitched or honed finish. Less common options include steeled or frosted.

Consider Accessories

Headstone accessories allow you to give the gravesite its own personality based on your deceased loved one. Traditional options include a vase to hold flowers, stone angels, a flag holder, or perhaps even a cremation urn. You can also select more private items or something more specific to your loved one such as an item that represents their favorite sport, musician, hobby, etc. Just keep in mind that it's probably a good idea not to have something too valuable on the headstone.

Create an Inscription

The inscription is your best chance to honor your deceased loved one for many years. First and foremost, you'll need to include pertinent information such as the person's name, date of birth, and date of death. Then, you can leave an epitaph or short message in their memory. Many people leave a favorite quote that says something about how the person lived their life, but the choice is yours.

Review with the Family

Even if you're the one who's been put in charge of making all of the funeral arrangements, it's always best to have the headstone reviewed by the family. After all, this headstone will likely be in place for the foreseeable future and beyond, so you want it to be the very best it can be. If you design a headstone that's classy, then you aren't likely to get any pushback from the family.

Contact Holloway Funeral Home on How to Choose a Headstone

These tips should show you how to choose a headstone that will last an eternity for your loved one. As the most popular Florida funeral Home in Oldsmar and Tampa, Holloway Funeral Home can assist you with all of the arrangements. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, reach out by calling out team at (813) 855-2439 today.

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