Planning a Memorial Service

Visit A Cemetery To Help Decide What You Want For Your Headstone

by Wade Watkins

One of the things that you'll need to think about when you're preplanning your funeral arrangements is what type of headstone you want to have. Whether you wish to be buried in a casket or cremated and have your remains buried in an urn, your headstone will be a spot at which family members will gather to remember you for years to come. As such, you'll want to pick the right headstone. Visiting a headstone retailer and browsing the available options will be helpful, but it's also useful to visit a local cemetery and simply take a walk through the rows — perhaps with a family member or two. You can then assess a number of headstone-related factors and use them to make a decision about what to buy. Here are some things to consider.

Headstone Color

As you walk through the cemetery, notice the overall look of the different headstones that you pass. Over the course of the visit, you should be able to get an idea about which look stands out. For example, while many headstones are in some shade of gray, others may be maroon or black. Think about which color suits you — if you're someone who has never liked standing out, a conventional gray stone may be best. Conversely, if you want your headstone to be easily recognizable from afar, something in an unconventional color may be a better choice.

Headstone Wording

Make sure that you're also checking the wording on the various headstones that you see. You have a number of options concerning the wording — for example, some people favor a simple text with their name and the dates of their birth and death. Others prefer more information, which could include a short sentence about their life, a scripture verse, or even a handful of special descriptive words. Notice which wording styles stand out to you. If you're remarking, "That's nice," to yourself several times, assess whether you're feeling this way about one particular style.

Headstone Extras

You should also take note of certain extra features that may be present on certain headstones. For example, some headstones have built-in receptacles for flowers. If you've always loved fresh blooms and you imagine that your family members will frequently visit your gravesite with flowers, you may like this feature. Another extra feature to consider is a small solar-powered light, which can cast a warm and inviting glow onto the face of your headstone. By the end of your cemetery walk, you'll ideally have a clear idea of what you want in a headstone, and can take this information to a retailer like Maurice Moore Memorials.