Losing a child is an unimaginably devastating experience. After a loss of this magnitude, many parents find it extremely difficult to talk about the incident, let alone design a monument or a headstone.
The grieving process is strenuous and painstakingly long. But, taking time out to think about how you will memorialize your lost child can make the process a tiny bit easier. Designing an infant headstone is deeply personal and can have great meaning as well. It has been known to help parents with the grieving process.
As the best headstone makers in Edmonton, we believe that helping ease the grieving process of parents who have lost their children is part of our duties and responsibilities.
Hence, we have curated this blog to help you understand how you can create an anchor for your child in this world designing a custom headstone.
Things You Should Know About Infant Headstones
Before designing an infant headstone, you should know that many people usually go for something smaller than a regular headstone. However, if you don’t want to design a smaller headstone, it is completely up to you.
Infant headstones are commonly found in a special section of the cemetery. In addition, they are usually adorned with special accessories such as toy blocks or teddy bears.
Depending on the headstone monument company you opt for, you can choose between bronze, granite or concrete headstones. The choice of material also greatly depends on the design and the accessories you have in mind.
Type Of Headstone
At Summit Memorials, we offer a range of different types of headstones for you to choose from. These are:
These grave markers are one of the most commonly used headstones. They usually sit on a granite base and are popular as they are visible even from a few hundred meters. In addition, they can be lettered and designed on both the front and the back.
As the name suggests, flat headstones are placed flat on the ground. They can only be lettered on the top of the headstone and are popular mostly because they are the most affordable and easiest for families to install themselves.
Pillow headstones usually consist of a sloped headstone that sits on a granite base which is used to protect the front of the monument. This headstone can be lettered/designed on three sides – the front, top and back.
These are more commonly placed either in a cremation garden or at a private residence. This type of headstone can be lettered/designed by sandblasting or by using a bronze plaque attached to the boulder.
Accessories And Designs You Can Add
Some of the most common designs chosen for infant headstones include sleeping cherubs or a guardian angel watching over the resting place. Other designs could include teddy bears and small toys such as lettered blocks or toy cars.
You can also add dura photos in black and white or coloured to make the headstone more personal.
Something else that has to be considered is the epitaph for the infant. If you go for a headstone that is a bit smaller than normal, the space for lettering and design will also be less. So, it is best to choose a smaller epitaph. Some of the most used epitaphs include:
- “Our precious child’
- “Mommy and Daddy’s special Angel”
- “Here for a moment, loved forever”
If space is limited, you can always use the back of the monument to add lettering and design. Sometimes parents’ names and siblings’ names are added as well. In addition, some families also like adding a special saying or poem.
Durability Of The Monument
At Summit Memorials, we strive to provide you with services that will help you create a peaceful resting place for the departed soul. In addition to helping you design a monument that depicts your love for your lost child, we also ensure that the monuments will last for a lifetime.
We provide a written guarantee that states that the granite will never crack or deteriorate from exposure to the elements. It also states that the lettering and design will remain legible for all time. The best part is that there is no time limit on the guarantee and no deductible.
About Summit Memorials
Let us help you honour your loved ones in the best way possible. Our specially trained staff tries to make the toughest time of your life a little bit easier by providing high-quality memorial services and products. The headstones that our craftsmen build are the best in the business. The granite headstones we provide in Alberta and Saskatchewan are guaranteed to never wear out or crack due to normal elements and weather conditions.
At Summit Memorials, we provide our customers with premium quality and well-crafted monuments, headstones, tombstones, and grave markers. For more information about our services, visit our website or contact us here today.