A headstone is a place to visit and memorialise life, and can be a beautiful reminder of a loved one. Choosing a headstone is an important aspect of planning a funeral if you have chosen a burial; not only does the headstone mark someone’s final resting place, it’s a long-lasting, personalised memorial to that individual, and often a source of comfort to those they’ve left behind.
Burial ceremonies can be pricey, more expensive than cremations for example, and the headstone is often an additional expense as it is not always included in a funeral plan. This blog post will highlight some of the key things to consider when choosing a headstone. Keeping in mind these factors can help ease the expense, as well as the stress, involved for loved ones during a time of loss, grieving and remembrance.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Headstone
Headstones and their costs will differ according to size, material, design, engravings and location. For example, headstone materials can include stones such as granite, marble and limestone, and engravings can include poetry, biblical verses, or quotes. Some headstones even feature waterproof QR codes that link to an online obituary. Each religious organization will have its own rules on what is appropriate in their cemeteries, which should also be considered.
You should also factor in the expense of the upkeep and maintenance of the gravesite when choosing a headstone. Some cheaper alternatives to headstones, also called gravestones, are engraved plaques – a metal plate on a wooden fixing – which are much smaller and easier to maintain.
Support Offered by Capital Life
Capital Life offers a range of funeral plans, including ones with special attention to burial needs like choosing a headstone. For example, our Majestic Burial Plan includes a contribution towards the cost of a personalised engraved headstone or memorial.
Funeral planning can be complex and stressful if plans are not put into place. Being aware of factors to consider when choosing a headstone can help make this process smoother. Capital Life is here to offer advice and support in choosing a headstone for your loved one or yourself. Contact us or call us on 0800 411 8683, and we will be happy to assist.