Four Things To Consider When Selecting A Gravestone For A Loved One


Choosing a gravestone and laying out the engraving details can feel like overwhelming tasks for survivors who are in charge of the funeral arrangements for a loved one. It's important to realize the significance of this task, and to put thought into all of the most pertinent considerations.

The following are four important things that you're going to have to think about if you're in charge of selecting gravestone details for a departed loved one:

The material

Granite and marble are two very popular material choices for gravestones; however, they are not the only options available. Some other options include bronze, slate, limestone, fieldstone, and sandstone.

These different material options also offer different color shades. However, in a lot of cases, it's best to go with either granite or marble because other materials are prone to erosion over time. If you are selecting to have a lot of engraving, or an elaborate carving, granite and marble are best because they will be least likely to lose their detail over time. 

The size and shape

Gravestones these days come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Shape and size are going to have a significant impact on pricing. When you're determining size and shape of the gravestone, you should be giving a lot of consideration to the inscription details you're planning. 

If you're going to have a lot of information and carvings put on the gravestone, it's best to choose a simple shape. On the other hand, if the inscription will be limited, you might want to choose a different shape option, like a sculpture, stele, or cross to increase the visual appeal and impact of the gravesite. 

The design and placement of any carvings

Symbolic carvings on a gravestone or monument can offer some personalization. These days, it's even possible to have photos put on a gravestone. Make sure you consider all the design options available to you, and consider which design options will be the most meaningful to the survivors. 

The details regarding the name and lifespan

Gravestones always include the name of the deceased, and usually include the dates of the lifespan; however, they sometimes also give more details about the individual's life. Many married individuals will also choose to share a joint gravestone with their spouse.

You'll need to consider all the information that needs to be included on the gravestone, as well as whether or not you wish to have an epitaph engraved onto the gravestone. 


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