Headstones are designed to memorize the love you have for your loved ones, after they passed away. Selecting the right headstone can be tough however, you want to find a design and wordings that mirrors the personal taste of the deceased person, but at the same time, it should also reflect his wishes and ideas too. Here are some of the best tips to pick a good headstone.
What type of headstone do you want?
There are numerous types of headstone you can use. One thing to note is that you need to decide on the inscription text and if you want a photo to be added. These can easily affect the way your headstone will look. With that in mind, you need to decide on either having an upright headstone or simply a flat marker design. All our designs can be manufactured in either Marble or Granite and can be attached to a concrete base in the matching material.
Flat headstones, can be raised to a slant or flush with the ground.
Then you have kerbed headstones that lie flat at the ground level, usually around 4 to 6 inches in thickness. The inside of curb headstones are usually filled with white marble chippings, or can be left open to plant flowers.
Full covering slab designs are often used when you want to cover the entire grave. This is an advantage as it is maintenance free and also creates more space for inscription.
Choosing the right design
Images such as flowers, crosses, birds and angels can be etched on headstone depending on the design preferences and available space. On the other hand, you also need to think about fonts. Traditional fonts are simpler and easier to add. But if you want some distinct fonts, they may also be possible however, it is important to make sure the text is clearly legible. If you are fitting the memorial in a graveyard, you do need to check the local regulations to confirm the type of stones, sizes and design that you can use in a churchyard. Flower pots and items that can be removed are not recommended in churchyards in Kenya.
Colors matter too but again; some customers prefer Marble only due to the pure white background colour. However, You also have to think about how hard wearing the material is and if it will stain in years to come. Long life and maintenance free designs are equally as important.
Most people opt for Granite when it comes to headstone materials. Granite comes in a multitude of colours, it’s widely available in our local Kenyan Black, and a range of other shades. As we quarry our own materials it is also relatively cheap too when compared to alternatives. White marble looks amazing too, and it also has great textures, but it can stain over time when fitted in damp areas, so it’s a bit limiting at times.
You may not know this, but selecting a finish is as important as selecting the right material. You don’t want to go overboard, but you don’t want it to be too simple either. The finish can be polished (most common), partly-polished or matt (not so common). The text can be left naturally etched or coloured in Gold, Black, or silver paint. We also engrave letters in real 24 carat Gold lettering (which is common in Europe & America).
As you can see, finding the right headstone is all about knowing the design, colour, finishes, and materials. It’s important to see examples of the finished product so you can decide what will work for your family. You also have to think about any extras, like adding in poetry or bible passages, special inscriptions, religious symbols like crosses and so on. Plus, the price is also important, as each headstone will be suitable for a certain budget. Once you take all these things into consideration, it will be easy to find the best headstone!