We all know that losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things in life that everyone must battle through at one point or another. The sadness and stress can be overwhelming, to say the least, and that means it can be a difficult time to make decisions involving funeral preparation or selecting a headstone that fully encompasses their meaning to you without being overly expensive.
With that being said, if you are in need of an affordable headstone for a memorial for your loved one, the following are some tips Lonestar Creative Scapes can provide for you to make sure you choose the best headstone option for your needs. If you are in the Canton, Dallas, or Fort Worth area, reach out to us to get a free, custom quote on your headstone or memorial stone.
Take Your Time
The headstone you choose is permanent, and it will be around for generations. So don’t rush into making a decision while you are grieving. At Lonestar, we have people who reach out to us for our custom headstone services days after losing a loved one or sometimes even years later.
Talk To The Sexton At The Cemetery
Work with the sexton or cemetery manager to get information on any specific requirements for the section in which your loved one is buried. There can be dimension restrictions and certain stone requirements depending on the cemetery.
Visit The Cemetery
By walking through the cemetery around where the headstone will be placed, you can get a feel for what you like and don’t like by comparing to others on the grounds. You will likely notice that many of the stones have a similar layout. It is okay to follow what other people have done in that regard, but there also is nothing wrong with opting for a more custom headstone for your loved one that stands out from the rest.
Choose The Stone
There are many different headstone shapes, sizes, and color options available, and for the most part, it is a personal preference as to what specific style of stone you want to go with (though it is important to check with the cemetery for any restrictions, as mentioned above).
Determine The Layout
After looking at other samples and narrowing down your preferred headstone, it is time to figure out what is going to go on your stone. Your headstone designer will help you with this, but it helps if you have a general idea of wording and any graphics that might add meaning to the stone.
It is okay to be creative and unique here, as the stone should showcase some of the personality of the person it is for. There are certain things that are pretty common in headstone design, and it can look good to stick with the typical layouts, but don’t hesitate to ask if you want to see something a little different.
The bottom line to all of this is that, aside from the cemetery regulations, there are no hard rules for choosing a headstone. Many people opt for a traditional cut granite stone, but more and more people are using natural-shaped stones as they are a more affordable headstone option and offer a unique look that feels more personalized.
Take your time, shop around, don’t feel pressured, and make sure you get exactly what you want. If you decide you want to opt for a custom boulder headstone, contact Lonestar Creative today for a quote on your personalized headstone today. Be sure to take a look at our headstone gallery to get an idea of the possibilities our affordable headstone solutions have to offer.