Some might think buying a headstone is a difficult process. You just lost someone you love, and while you’re completely shattered, you have the responsibility to find the perfect headstone that will preserve the memories of your loved one for many years to come. If you’re like millions of Canadians, chances are that you have never gone through the process of buying a headstone before. Nevertheless, the experience is new every time.
Buying a headstone is not something people look forward to, and to many, it is even an uncomfortable requirement that can be very confusing at times. Trying to control your emotions while going through the complicated procedure of selecting the right gravestone can be overwhelming. For this reason, experts at Summit Memorials have assembled this guide to simplify the process. This guide will help you to quickly and easily navigate through their options and get a beautifully crafted headstone made in no time.
Choose Your Headstone Size
Before you begin with the process, it is essential to contact your cemetery and ask them about their maximum and minimum allowed height of headstones. All graveyards have stipulations as to what they can and cannot allow in terms of the size of gravestones.Your Summit representative can provide information on the restrictions in your cemetery. It isn’t necessary to contact the cemetery.
People often make the mistake of buying a stone before checking in with the management of the cemetery and end up with a stone that can’t be installed. For this reason, always check with your cemetery first. Some cemeteries, for example, have rules in place that say a headstone should not be more than 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 6 feet tall.
Choose Your Headstone Colour
Granite gravestones come in a variety of colors from different parts of the world. At Summit Memorials, we offer eight standard granite colors quarried in different parts of the world. Our Blue Pearl Granite, for example, is a deep blue colored granite that is quarried in Norway. Our Supreme Black Granite quarried in Asia is a fine-grained jet black imported granite being the most popular granite in Canada. Other granite stone colors that we offer are;
- Regal Red
- Britz Blue
- Amazon Green Granite
- Mountain Rose
- Stanstead Grey Granite
Choose Your Headstone Shape
Choosing a headstone shape is an easy process. You just have to do a bit of research and find which style you like the best.
You can get something more standard, like the shapes in our portfolio, or customize your own shape. Our team of designers at Summit memorials is passionate about helping families create personalized memorial stones. You can bring in pictures, sketches, ideas, and our team of designers will help turn your vision into a reality.
Choose Your Text
The text that is usually written on the headstones include;
- Family Name on the front of the gravestone
- Full name, date of birth and death on the back of the stone
For the font, you’ll have many options to choose from. Our most popular fonts include Roman, Chancery, Chelton, and Common Gothic Fonts. Our memorial counsellors will be able to help you choose the best font for your gravestone.
Choose Your Artwork
For the perfect artwork on your loved one’s grave, you can choose from engravings like ivy, vines, roses, flowers, or religious emblems. You can also ask our monument designers to customize according to your requirements. Our artworks are sandblasted and laser engraved by our team of professionals.
We hope that this guide has helped you understand that when it comes to picking out the perfect headstone for your loved one, there are five things you will need to choose: the size, color, shape, text, and artwork.
We hope you find this guide helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.