The headstone usually marks a place of reflection, thought and mourning for those who were close to the deceased. Small tokens of remembrance and appreciation are often left at the headstone – including flowers and small trinkets.
Headstones are commonly made from materials such as limestone, sandstone, bronze, wood, concrete, granite or marble and can be designed to sit upright, flat or kerbed. They can be directly inscribed with text, or text can be written on a headstone plaque.
Headstone inscriptions generally include the below:
They can also include symbols and/or pictures upon special request
An epitaph is a short text, often in the form of a phrase, poem or quote inscribed on a headstone in memory of the deceased. It’s often chosen by those responsible for organising the burial but can also be chosen by the deceased before their passing.
When writing or choosing what to include in an epitaph, there are a number of different ways you can structure it. It can:
Outside of the epitaph, headstones generally include a specific style of wording you may choose to adopt for your loved one. Common opening phrases written on the headstone include:
The price of the headstone is determined by a number of factors, including your chosen size, style and colour of the stone, accessories and lettering. As expected, the larger the size of the headstone, and the higher the quality of the stone, the more it will cost.
Granite is one of the most popular headstone materials due to its durability and affordability. The cost of the headstone, including a base, can start at the $2,000 mark. Additionally, a headstone plaque is often a more cost-effective option compared with inscribing the headstone directly.
You should also note that cemetery fees will also apply for the placement of the headstone. Costs for a burial plot on a perpetual term begin at approximately $2,600, but this will vary from state to state.
Customising a headstone for your loved one can be a confusing and expensive process. It’s important to remember that both the look and inscriptions of your headstone are entirely your choice and you don’t need to follow common wordings or structures. Ultimately, the final product should be based on your (or the deceased’s) personal preference, and whatever you believe will best reflect who they were as a person.