Personal memorials that celebrate a loved ones individuality
A memorial headstone is a really significant lasting tribute to someone dear to you who has passed away. Some people may feel that the standard approach to choosing a headstone leaves very little room for personalisation or making it feel individual to the person being remembered, but there are numerous ways to make a memorial headstone personal and unique. Here are just a few:
Cemetery rules & requirements
Before making any sort of decision about personalisation, you need to understand what requirements you might need to meet as set out by the cemetery or churchyard of your choice. Some have minimum or maximum size requirements for headstones which you will need to ensure that you comply with. Having this understanding before you start means you won’t have to make changes or, worse still, end up with a memorial headstone which cannot be used. If you are unsure what headstone is acceptable for your chosen location, please give us a call and we will be happy to offer you some further advice.
Headstone shapes and sizes
Memorial headstones are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. You might consider something angular in shape, or perhaps something curved, with elegant flowing lines.
Headstones can always be customised, and many people opt for something engraved with imagery. Different shapes are always popular, however always check the rules and regulations to see what shapes are permitted. Book-shaped stones are particularly popular and allow more space for wording.
Learn about bespoke headstones and memorials.
A special inscription or engraving
Choosing what to engrave on a memorial headstone is the most personal and sensitive part of the process, and it can be difficult. It can seem almost impossible to sum up a person in a short epitaph, but you can use a variety of ways to express how you feel. Popular ways of doing this include using song lyrics or popular poems to convey emotions it can be hard to put into words.
Learn more about lettering, inscriptions and engraving.
Bring in a floral display at the graveside
On most memorial headstones there is the opportunity to add in a flower holder, or for flowers to be a central part of the headstone itself. Including your loved one’s favourite flowers is another way to make the headstone personal and unique. What’s more, your choice of flowers can also reflect the seasons as the time of year changes.
Personalising a headstone
Our services allow for you to have a personalised lettering font, which is just another way in which you can make the memorial headstone you are designing meaningful to you.
Hopefully this guide has demonstrated the variety of ways in which a headstone memorial can be tailored to suit your loved one. However, if you feel overwhelmed by the wealth of choice or by making decisions to suit the person you are remembering, please don’t worry. Our team has extensive experience and we will be more than happy to take you through the process, advise you accordingly and ultimately ensure that you end up with the very best final product. Give us a call today to find out more.