Headstones & Memorials

Adding a Name to a Headstone

Adding additional names, dates, and insignias to gravestones is not an uncommon practice. For example, one may need to add the name and dates of a recently deceased loved one to a double headstone or family mausoleum (sometimes referred to as a crypt or tomb). There are also occasions where the gravestone was initially engraved without the persons actual name. Perhaps Mother, Daughter, or Grandfather was used instead, in this instance one might want to add the individual’s name so that future generations will be able to more easily find the headstone in the cemetery.
Angel Statue in Evergreens Cemetery, New York City

On-Site Headstone Engraving

Adding names to an existing gravestone means you will need an on-site engraver. After all, the headstone is already set there is no reason to move it; it is much easier to contract a monument company that has a field crew available to handle such services.

Selecting the Right Memorial or Monument Company

When looking for an engraver, that can do on-site work, you will want to look at local monument builders or monument companies. If you are not sure where to start looking, you can ask the cemetery or funeral home for recommendations. When you do find a company be sure to ask if they do on-site engraving and take a moment to view previous projects they completed, where additions were made.

Letter and Stone Engraving is an Art

Believe it or not letter engraving is a specialized art form that demands precision and attention to details. When adding to an existing gravestone, monument, or mausoleum the letter size, font, and style need to match perfectly. Therefore, it is important to hire an engraver with a decent amount of experience and a great deal of skill.

Columbia Gardens Memorials is proud to offer on-site engraving for headstones, monuments, memorials, mausoleums and more in the Arlington, Virginia area.

Have questions or need a quote? Call us at (703) 527-7774.

1 thought on “Adding a Name to a Headstone

  1. It’s interesting to learn that when it comes to choosing letters for a headstone that there are some things that we need to consider in picking the right kind. I like how you mentioned that we need to factor what kind of font and style we would like to use along with the size. This is something that we will have to remember when it comes to putting the name on my Grandfather’s tombstone.

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