Given the nature of the product along with the lack of experience most people have, searching for and purchasing a headstone for a recently deceased loved one can be difficult. Where can you find out information about purchasing a headstone? What information should be included on the headstone? Look no further than this article! The answers to these questions and more can be found below. What Type of Headstones Does the Cemetery Allow? Before you even get started, it is important to find out the type of headstones allowed in the cemetery. Ordering a headstone without finding this information out could leave you stuck with a headstone that the cemetery will not accept. Cemeteries are generally governed by a set of rules and regulations concerning the type of headstones and monuments allowed in the cemetery. These regulations may contain the following stipulations: The Type of Headstones Cemeteries may have regulations on the type of headstones allowed in the cemetery, such as upright headstones, flag grave markers, cremation markers and bronze grave markers. The Size of Headstones Many cemeteries have minimum and maximum requirements. The Coloring of Headstones Certain graveyards may limit the colors that can be used in a cemetery. Vase Options Cemeteries can have rules that prevent a vase from being used. Other graveyards may specify the type of materials that can be used. Some cemeteries require that the owner authorizes the placement of a headstone on the grave. Once you understand the cemeteries requirements and rules surrounding the placement of a headstone, you can begin shopping for a headstone. Types of Headstones Available There are numerous types available; however, there are four major groups of headstones. Within these groups, there are several styles of headstones. Upright Headstones An upright headstone is an upright tablet that rests on a granite base. Slant Markers Slant markers are wedges with the narrow edge pointing upward. These can be placed on a granite base or on the ground. Flat Grave Markers Flat grave markers are made from either marble or granite. These stones are small, economical and set flush with the ground. Flat Bronze Grave Markers These markers are often required in modern cemeteries across the country. They consist of a bronze plaque that is usually mounted to a granite base. Finding the Best Prices on Headstones In order to properly compare prices from company to company, you must have have the exact particulars, including: - The size of the headstone and any other components - The color of the granite, such as Barre gray, Dakota Mahogany, Georgia Gray or Sunset Red - The finish of the headstone, such as penciled edges, balanced rock pitch, all steeled, polish 2 or polish 5 - The design and exact lettering of the headstone (for best results, have a drawing that shows the design and layout of the headstone. - Any other items, such as a statue, vase or ceramic picture These details will help you better compare prices between different companies. The following tips will help you when searching for a good deal on headstones: a. Cemeteries usually have the highest prices b. Monument dealers generally have the largest selection of headstones c. Internet retailers usually have the best price. Personalizing Memorial Headstones Once you have found the best dealer and the type of headstone you wish to purchase, it is time to personalize the headstone with your loved one's information. The headstone should include your loved one's name, date of birth and date of death. In addition to this, you may want to consider: Artwork or designs can enhance the headstone. An epitaph on the headstone is a great way for visitors to learn about the deceased. Symbols or emblems can be used to accent the headstone. You can even have a ceramic portrait of your loved one added to the headstone. Accessories for the Headstone In some cemeteries, accessories can be added to the headstone. These accessories can include a flower vase or a ceramic picture of the deceased. If the headstone is located in a veteran's section of a cemetery, you may be able to add a flag holder to th headstone. This will allow a small American flag to be flown. Other cemeteries allow statues made of either marble, granite or bronze to be placed on or beside the headstone. Always make sure to research before purchasing a headstone. Also, do not rush just for the sake of having a headstone. Take your time and educate yourself about the types of headstones allowed. When you begin shopping for a headstone, do not just go to the first place and order a headstone. Instead, shop around to find the best value.
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