Cemeteries are a way to preserve the memory of those who have passed. It is a sacred place where people from all walks of life come to pay their respects. With modern technology, our cemeteries can have a myriad of headstones that range from traditional to unique and everything in between.
But with so many options, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you and your loved ones. Here are some guidelines on how to get started in designing memorials for your loved ones.
Basic Things To Consider
When designing a headstone, you will have to consider what kind of memorial you want. There are many different options and the right one for you will depend on your personal preferences and budget.
There are four basic types of memorials: flat markers, upright markers, garden memorials, or mausoleums. Flat markers can be placed flush with the ground and typically contain a marker or name etched into the stone itself. These markers work best in smaller spaces because they don’t take up much room.
Upright markers are also located directly in the ground but stand taller than flat markers due to their design. Garden Memorials tend to be more elaborate than flat and upright memorials as they feature statues or other figurines which can be personalized with pictures and names of loved ones.
Mausoleums are large structures that house many crypts inside. They’re often used by families who want to share space instead of burying their family members alone in a grave.
General Design Principles
There are a few general principles that you should consider when designing your cemetery headstone.
Get organized before you start. Make sure you have the right materials and equipment on hand.
Make sure to plan for the future. You want to make sure that your design is not too elaborate or expensive so that it doesn’t burden your loved ones with an expensive funeral.
Consider the environment in which your loved one will be buried. The environment will determine what kind of material you use and how big of a headstone you need for it to be visible from afar.
Choose a design that reflects your personality, but also matches your needs and budget.
What Type Of Headstone Should You Choose?
Traditional Headstone: The traditional headstone is a memorial that has been around for centuries and typically stands with a flat top and three sides. They are made from stone or metal and are usually textured to give the appearance of age.
Flat Headstone: This headstone is usually made from granite and does not have any engravings or designs on it. It is just one solid color on all four sides.
Sculpture Headstone: This type of headstone is often chosen because it provides more room for creativity than traditional or flat headstones. These can be designed in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. They can also have engravings or designs on them to honor the dearly departed.
Free-Standing Headstones: This type of headstone is completely different than what we traditionally think of when we think of cemeteries. This type of memorial is not set in place but rather sits on an easel so mourners can view it up close.