How to Buy a Headstone

Posted on January 24, 2022 by McCaleb Funeral Home under Funeral Home
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Nobody wants to think about it, but one day we all will undoubtedly be tasked with picking out someone’s headstone. As awful as the thought may seem, it’s important that we remain realistic about the future. Picking out a headstone is not simply about aesthetics but involves a lot of many different factors. The most important part of a decision like this is that whichever headstone you choose, you believe it is honoring and memorializing the deceased in the best way possible. Whenever our customers need a cremation service in Alamo, TX we are always willing to extend a helping hand and assist the needs of their family.

Step 1: Choose the Headstone Size

Choose the Headstone Size

One of the first things you will want to make a decision on when purchasing a headstone is the size it will be. All cemeteries have differing height and size requirements, so we urge you to check in with the cemetery before you make a final decision and purchase! Oftentimes, individuals will purchase a headstone before checking in with the cemetery which then results in their stone being unable to be installed!

Step 2: Choose the Color

Choose the Color

Choosing the color of the headstone is a very personal and collaborative decision. Whether you and your family decide to consider the favorite color of the deceased or perhaps another factor will ultimately be up to you all. Typically, headstones are available in a wide variety of colors so we are certain that you will find something that perfectly suits you and your family.

Step 3: Choose the Shape

Choose the Shape

Many people are surprised to learn that they will also be left with the choice of what shape to make a headstone. While you can always customize a specific shape that is not readily available, it’s important to realize that it may increase the costs. Typically, cemeteries will have a standard portfolio so that you may make a choice from their selection, although it is not absolutely required! When customizing a unique design, be sure to bring in pictures, sketches, and ideas so that the designers are able to perfectly match you and your family’s needs!

Step 4: Choose Your Text

Choose Your Text

Choosing the text that you wish to have ingrained on the headstone is a decision with many options available. Whether you choose specific song lyrics, a quote, a phrase, a common saying, or the basics of a name and date of birth, is completely up to you. When making this decision you will also be able to pick out the perfect font and text style as well! Most cemeteries usually are sure to provide you with reference photos in their portfolio so that you have a better sense of what the headstone will look like.

Step 5: Choose Artwork

Choose Artwork

Based on details about the deceased, you can choose to add specific artwork to the headstone. For example, if the deceased was known to love flowers, then most cemeteries have available the option to include engraved floral designs.

Picking out a headstone is an involved process, so we want to ensure that our customers know exactly what they are getting into when they make such a big and permanent decision. When thinking about purchasing a cremation service in Alamo, TX we want to let you know you will be in great hands with us!