Understanding Cemetery Regulations
Cemeteries often have specific size and design restrictions for headstones. These regulations are usually in place to maintain a consistent and aesthetically pleasing appearance throughout the cemetery. It is important to note that these rules are enforced to ensure that the resting place remains respectful and well-kept. Some common restrictions include:
- Height and Width: These restrictions ensure that the headstone does not overpower a nearby neighboring memorial or become a safety hazard.
- Materials: Some cemeteries do not allow headstones made of wood or other organic materials that may deteriorate over time. Additionally, some cemeteries only allow flat bronze markers.
- Color: This restriction generally exists to maintain a consistent appearance throughout the cemetery. While headstones are available in different colors such as black, gray, pink, and red, some cemeteries may have specific color requirements.
-It is important to note that regulations can vary from cemetery to cemetery, so it is always best to contact the cemetery where the plot was purchased for specific details on their regulations.
Choosing the Right Granite Color
Granite is a phanerite rock, meaning it contains interesting structures and patterns that are visible with the naked eye. This makes it an excellent choice for a headstone as it adds a unique and beautiful element to the design. In addition, granite is an extremely durable material that can withstand the elements and the test of time.
Granite is available in different colors such as black, gray, pink, and red. Black granite is the only option for laser etching designs, which is a popular choice for photographic images and designs with fine detail. Gray granite is a popular and affordable option for headstones, making it a great choice for those who are looking for a cost-effective solution without compromising on quality or aesthetic appeal. Keep in mind that the color of the granite can affect how the text and images appear, so it is important to choose a color that will provide good contrast with the design. When it comes to more exotic textured granite, it is recommended to apply paint to the engravings of letters and symbols to make them clearer to read. Additionally, when using laser etching for photographs, it's important to consider the clarity, resolution, and contrast of the image to be used on the headstone to achieve the best results.
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Selecting a Headstone Type and Design
There are several types of headstones available, including upright, flat, and double. Upright grave markers are accompanied with a granite base to support the stone, which is typically set on a concrete foundation. Flat grave markers are flush with the ground and may have a bronze plaque, while double headstones are designed for two individuals.
When deciding on a design, it's important to consider the amount of text that can be engraved on the headstone. Factors that can affect the amount of text that can be engraved include the size of the headstone, the type of font, the layout of the text, and the type of engraving. In general, sandblasting tends to be deeper and more durable than laser etching, but it also requires more space between letters. A general rule-of-thumb for calculating the amount of text that can fit on a headstone is 20 characters, including spacing and punctuation, per foot of the headstone's width. However, this can vary depending on the factors mentioned above. It's always best to consult with you memorial designer to get a more accurate idea of how much text can fit on a given headstone. They can also provide guidance on font choice, layout, and other design considerations to ensure that the headstone is a fitting tribute to your loved one.
Adding Personal Touches
Adding personal touches to a headstone can help make it a meaningful and unique tribute to your loved one. It is important to take the time to consider the best way to reflect on the life of your loved one who has passed on. A typical headstone has relations, such as "beloved husband, father, and friend," or an epitaph such as "In loving memory". These elements can add a personal touch to the headstone and capture the essence of your loved one. It is important to remember that personal preference should guide the design process. Some people choose to include religious ties, military service, occupation, family, and relations. Adding a nickname is also a common practice. Taking the time to reflect and consult with others who were part of your loved one's life can help you create a design that truly reflects their life and legacy.
Placing the Order
Once you have decided on the design, color, and personal touches for your loved one's headstone, the next step is to place your order. After the order is placed, the process of cemetery approval starts. This process can take several weeks, as it is important to ensure that the headstone complies with all cemetery regulations. Once the cemetery approves the headstone, stone production can begin, and any necessary concrete foundation work can start. This process takes some time to set, and the foundation typically reaches its full effective strength after about 28 days.
After the product and foundation are complete, the headstone can be set at the gravesite location. This is typically done in the presence of family members and can have a festive and reflective atmosphere.
It is important to remember that this is a slow process, and patience is necessary for the order to be complete. In conclusion, selecting a headstone is an important decision that should be guided by personal preference and a desire to create a lasting tribute to your loved one. By understanding cemetery regulations, selecting the right granite color and design, and adding personal touches, you can create a headstone that is both beautiful and meaningful.