When the time comes to invest in a headstone monument for your loved one's final resting place, making the choice may be more difficult than you might expect. There are a number of decisions to make and some factors that can affect the options that you have available. Here are a few of the things that you need to think about before you invest in any headstone monument for your loved one's grave.
Are There Any Material Restrictions?
Some cemeteries have policies prohibiting certain types of metal, stone, or marble for headstones. Check with the cemetery in question to see if there are any restrictions on the material that your headstone can be made out of. That way, you don't risk having the monument created only for the cemetery to refuse its placement.
What Are The Size Limitations?
Depending on the location of the cemetery plot, the surrounding plot layout, and the cemetery's regulations, you might have restrictions on the size of the monument that you can install. In some areas, limitations apply to the monument height, while other areas limit the width and weight. Make sure you familiarize yourself with those details before you order.
Do You Want Beveled Edges?
Many headstone monuments have sharp edges unless you request that the craftsman bevel them to reduce the risk of damage. Beveled edges will also hold up to the environment better with less chance of crumbling. Make sure that you have considered the placement of the headstone to decide if beveled edges are the best choice for your design.
Can You Add Pictures?
Some cemeteries have limitations on the style of each monument. In some places, the engraving must be text-only. In other areas, you can add anything of your choice, including engraving pictures and other additives. If you want to add images to the engraving, clear your images with the cemetery management to ensure that they are permissible.
Is There A Setting Fee?
Will you have the groundskeeper of the cemetery place the headstone or is that included with the manufacturing cost? In either case, the cemetery may charge a setting fee for the placement of the monument, especially if it happens after the funeral services. Clear this with the groundskeeper so that you have an accurate picture of your upcoming expenses.
These are just a few of the most important things to consider when it comes to headstone monument selection and installation. The better prepared you are, the easier it is for you to plan for the stone's creation and placement.