A Bittersweet Goodbye: A Blog About Funerals

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Having A Headstone Engraved For Your Loved One

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, especially when you're charged with designing their headstone. Keeping the following things in mind should help ease the stress when having your loved one's headstone engraved:

Your Loved One's Personality

When designing your loved one's headstone, keep their unique personality in mind. What kinds of designs would they like? What information about themselves would they want to be inscribed in the headstone? Were they the kind of person who would want attention, or who would rather stay in the background in a social situation? If they were outgoing, consider choosing a big, elaborate headstone. If they were shy, you should stick with more modest options.

Ask their friends and family members how they think your loved one should be remembered. They may have some interesting design ideas for the headstone that you haven't thought of. At the very least, they'll offer you some much-needed support while figuring out best to honor your loved one through their headstone design.

The Size of the Burial Plot

You should also consider the size of your loved one's burial plot before deciding which size headstone to have engraved. If you choose one that's too big, you won't be able to install it at the burial site and you'll likely need to have a new, smaller one engraved and installed – which will just waste your time and money.

Making sure that you know the exact dimensions of the burial plot will help ensure that you don't end up with a headstone that is too big. You can just give the dimensions to your headstone provider and they can recommend options based on those dimensions so you don't have to spend a lot of time comparing options that you can't even use.

Your Overall Budget

It can be easy to get carried away when creating an engravement design for your loved one's headstone. If you don't pay attention to the cost of each design option you choose, the overall price of the headstone can really add up before all is said and done. Then you might end up having trouble fitting the cost of the headstone into your budget.

So, come up with a budget before you start designing your loved one's headstone, and let your engraver know what the budget is. They can help you design the perfect headstone for your loved one that fits within your budget, so you don't have to worry about the financial aspect at all.

To learn more information about headstone engraving, reach out to a professional near you.