When a loved one passes away, there are a lot of decisions that have to be made in a short amount of time. However, selecting a headstone that will represent their final resting place shouldn’t be one of them.
Many people don’t understand the importance of a memorial or a headstone. A headstone not only plays an important role in the grieving process but is also a way to describe who the deceased was. It tells their story and honours their memory.
Headstones pay tribute and honour the lives of the deceased, they tell the story about their lives – whether it’s a small epitaph or a special design or symbol that represents who they are.
The Importance Of A Headstone
Initially, a headstone was used to mark the grave of the deceased. It contained information such as their name, date of birth, and the date of departure of the person. However, over the years, people have started adding other information to the headstones of their loved ones, which not only gives it sentimental value but also improves the overall importance of the headstone.
During the past few decades, the significance of a headstone has grown to be much more than a mere grave marker.
In addition to being a grave marker, a headstone also plays an important role in helping the coming generations identify the graves of their family members. This is why many people now add family pictures, names and monograms to their headstones.
Apart from this, a headstone is considered as the last tribute to the deceased. Thanks to modern technology, there are many unique ways with which you can make a memorial much more special.
How To Design The Best Memorial
As mentioned, a headstone plays a significant role in honouring the deceased. Hence, if you put in extra effort and time to design a headstone for your loved one, it will only make it more special and unique.
The best way to ensure that the headstone is special is to think about the person who has passed away before you start to design the memorial. Think about how you want to honour them. Do you want a simple flat marker? Or do you want something larger with a certain design, symbols and special lettering?
If you are struggling to come up with ideas, the best way to brainstorm is by going to a cemetery and taking a walk around paying attention to the shapes, size, colour of granite, and designs that other families have chosen.
You can take some notes of things you like and don’t like. You might find design elements and ideas that will help preserve the memory of your loved one. You can also look online at different headstones and get some ideas that will work for you.
Once you have some ideas regarding the type of headstone you would like, it is time for you to make a few decisions. Here are some steps on how you should go about choosing a memorial for your loved one.
- Choose the colour of granite you want to use (Some are more expensive than others)
- Choose a monument style (flat, pillow, upright)
- Decide on any accessories you would like to add to the monument (pictures, vases, memory medallion)
- Decide on the inscription and the font you want to add (name, date, epitaph)
- Talk about these ideas with your family/friends (Getting input from everyone is always helpful).
The headstone you choose for your loved one will be something that will be there forever, so take your time and make sure you are happy with the final product rather than rushing and settling for something.
Moreover, if you want to restore or replace a monument for your loved one’s grave that has been there for years, you can easily get that done as well.
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.