What Types of Headstones Should You Consider For a Parent or Grandparent?

Monday, September 21, 2020

When it comes to laying your loved one to rest, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made. One of the smaller (but no less important) ones is the choice of headstone that you'll be adorning the grave with.

What types of headstones are right for your loved one? Whether you want to design a headstone specifically for your parent or grandparent or you're focusing on the pre-designed ones, there's a lot to choose from.

Keep reading for a brief guide on the different types of headstones so you can make the right choice. 

Consider the Type

Headstones aren't all alike. They come in a few basic varieties that then have sub-varieties below them.

Flat markers are the headstones that lay flat in the ground like tiles. They're fairly plain but can come in a variety of materials and styles. They often have a plate of some sort on them for the headstone inscriptions. You can also get them with a raised top so that the front is at a slant, making the headstone easier to see and read.

Upright headstones are the traditional "headstones". While they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, the common ones are either rectangular or rounded at the top. 

Kerbed headstones are similar to upright headstones but they also include a slab-style piece that lays flat across the grave. These are more elaborate.

Consider the Design

There are different shape and symbol options for your headstones. These mostly apply to upright headstones or kerbed headstones. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are some popular options. 

Many people opt for the traditional headstone style. These are classic and non-flashy. Others choose to go for a different design. 

Hearts are popular for headstones as they're simple but still convey a specific intention. They also leave plenty of room for inscriptions. 

Crosses are popular, but they don't offer as much writing space unless they're paired with a plaque or a flat headstone. Some people opt for the Celtic cross as well. 

Angels, while intricate, are another popular choice for headstones. These can be costly, but they're tall, noticeable, and a good monument to your loved one. 

Consider the Material

Granite and limestone are the most common choices for headstone material. Granite lasts a long time. It's durable and has a traditional look.

Limestone also has a traditional look but doesn't wear as nicely. If your area isn't temperate, this is a poor choice.

Marble is a more expensive option but the most beautiful one. This is best suited for shaped headstones. Unfortunately, like limestone, it doesn't wear as well as some other materials.

Bronze, however, is also beautiful and it will wear nicely. The color darkens over time but the overall appearance remains the same. 

There Are Many Types of Headstones to Choose From

When trying to decide between the different types of headstones, you can't make a wrong choice. Just consider what your loved one would have wanted and what you want to represent them. 

You'll be returning to this spot for years to come, so make a choice that reminds you of them. 

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