As you go about your day-to-day life, a headstone is the last thing on your mind. You don't usually expect a loved one to die, and that is why you might start thinking of a headstone after your loved one is dead. Due to many emotions, you might not be in a position to make funeral arrangements, and that is why it is recommended to use a funeral home.
The funeral home might ask you or another family member if you want a headstone and, if you do, what design or material composition you want. It is good to mention that sometimes it is important to wait for a few months before placing a headstone. This way, you will have given yourself enough time to mourn and heal. By this time, you can choose a suitable headstone with a clear mind.
For funeral ceremony purposes, you can ask the funeral home about the headstone designs available, pick a suitable but temporary one and then later have a permanent one made. The following is a simple guide to headstones:
What Is a Headstone?
A headstone is a kind of monument placed on the head side of where your loved one is buried. It highlights the name of the deceased, the year he or she was born and died and a special message to bid them farewell.
You don't have to choose a complex design, a simple headstone is also good, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. For example, is the headstone durable? Does the design make you feel like you have done something special for your loved one? How easy is it to maintain it?
Design, Durability and Maintenance
Since you might likely have a hard time choosing a design, you should consider two other factors so that your decision becomes easy. When looking at various designs, consider whether the material is durable and whether it requires high maintenance.
Granite — This is the most widely used because of its durability against environmental conditions and its ease of maintenance.
Marble — This might look stylish, but it might not do well in wet and damp areas. This means it requires high maintenance.
Limestone — Limestone can be compared to granite, but it won't last for a very long time. You might have to do moderate maintenance.
Bronze — Bronze is cheap, durable and low-maintenance. All you have to do is make sure it does not form a green patina, which requires the use of chemicals to get rid of it.