One of the most difficult decisions people make is how to design a headstone for a loved one’s grave. The stone is meant to become a permanent description of someone with words or images to help to explain who the person was during their life. The meaningfulness can make the project seem overwhelming to some people, but there are ways to make it easier.
Follow the Rules
Do not begin any design until speaking to the cemetery management. Many cemeteries restrict the sizes and types of markers allowed on their property. The guidelines of what are allowable stones will make it somewhat easier to narrow down the options.
View Genuine Stones
Visit a graveyard and look at the variety of creations. The finished work often looks much different in person than it does in a catalog. Make notes of the things that draw attention, because this can help to decide what to add to the personal design. Visiting also enables people to see what each size of stone looks like, so they have a realistic idea of what information will fit on the marker they want.
Keep it Simple
Overcrowded headstones can prevent viewers from seeing the meaning in a poem or the meaning in an illustration. A simple stone does not have to mean boring. Try to keep the marker so it is easy to view and read from a distance. Consider adding a poem or Bible passage to the back of the stone so the front stays open for an image and the details of the individual.
Design it Directly
Avoid working with a funeral home because they are only involved as a third-party in the process and make it easier for miscommunications to take place. Talk directly with a Gravestone Maker because they are the professionals. Their guidance on materials, shape, lettering, and more makes it much easier for anyone to create a marker with beauty and meaning.
Gravestone designers can always help to inspire their customers to begin or to help them narrow down what they want. There is no time limit on when a marker must go on a grave, so do not feel rushed. It takes a little time and consideration to create a permanent monument.