Selecting a Headstone for a Loved One

Tombstones in the cemetery

A headstone is customarily designed as a memorial and lasting tribute to that of a life lived. It is used not only as a marker to signify a final resting place but, is also intended to provide the living with a safe space to visit, reminisce, and cherish the memories of their loved ones. Choosing a headstone for someone you love, whether they are a family member or friend, can feel like a daunting task. However, the staff at Columbia Gardens Memorials will be there with you every step of the way, helping to ensure that your completed headstone is an everlasting tribute that you will treasure for many years to come. The following article is intended to simply help you begin to navigate the process of selecting a memorial headstone for your loved one.

Please note that some cemeteries may have rules or regulations regarding the types of the headstones you can have placed. You will want to ensure that you are aware of these rules and regulations in advance to avoid ordering the wrong memorial.

When selecting and ordering a memorial headstone there are a few factors you will need to take into consideration:

  • The type of materials used to construct the memorial
  • The size of the memorial
  • Design, Inscriptions, and personalization

Granite Headstone or Bronze Grave Marker

Granite Headstone

Stone headstones design from granite are one of the most popular option and with good reason. Granite is very durable and is one of the hardest substances on earth, thereby ensuring that your memorial lasts. There is a wide array of granite colors to choose from and color choice can be an important decision. The color of granite you select may be for personal reasons or simply because, you want a color the will set the headstone apart.

In addition to the granite, there is the very popular bronze grave marker. The design, along with names and dates, are cast on to a bronze plaque which is then often mounted onto a base of granite or concrete.

Headstone Sizes

It is not uncommon for cemeteries to regulate the size of headstones that can be places on grave sites. Therefore, it is important to work with a monument builder that can accommodate any headstone sizing regulations you may need to abide by.

Headstone Design and Personalization

One of the most important aspects of having a headstone or grave marker created is selecting the design. At Columbia Gardens Memorials, we have a large selection of artwork for you to choose from, we also welcome you to bring your own artwork, and/or we would be more than happy to create a custom design for you. In addition, to adding design to the memorial you will want to personalize it with names and dates, often even a meaningful inscription, referred to as an epitaph. You may wish to further personalize the memorial with emblems. Emblems are insignias or symbols used to represent interests of the deceased for example religious or military symbols. Emblems can be cast as a bronze plaque or sandblasted on to a granite headstone.

As you can see from this article there are many aspects to selecting a headstone for a loved one that you will want to take into consideration. However, at the end of the day this article only briefly touches on the topic and the most valuable piece of advice we can provide you, is to take great care in selecting a monument company that will work with you from start to finish.

A memorial is meant to be a lasting tribute to the life of your loved one and here at Columbia Gardens Memorials we understand the importance of the work and services we provide. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with someone from our staff please call us at (703) 527-7774.

4 thoughts on “Selecting a Headstone for a Loved One

  1. I like that you mention how headstones are mainly used as a memorial and lasting tribute to the deceased. Since this is the case, you’d probably want to choose something that reminds you of them and does a good job of representing their life. Choosing the right company to provide the marker could help ensure it fits over the grave, uses quality materials that will last, and has a design that shows how you feel about them.

    1. Thank you for your comment. You are correct, choosing a monument company is a very important step. The right company can do so much more than just craft a headstone, they will be there to ensure your marker meets any and all cemetery regulations and that it is craft from durable materials for lasting beauty.

  2. I have a friend who recently lost a loved one, and is trying to find a proper headstone for their grave to remember them. It’s good to know that granite headstones are durable enough to last a long time, and can be chosen in a variety of colors. I’m sure that my friend will appreciate this information, and choose a material for the headstone that can last for a long time.

    1. I am sorry to here of your friends loss and glad this article was able to provide you with some useful information.

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