The different types of headstones:
We understand that choosing a headstone can be complicated. Listed below is a brief guide to the different types of headstone available. It can be helpful to think about the style, personality and life achievements of your loved one when you select a headstone. For example, a classic headstone is often well-suited to those that led a traditional life. Alternatively, a unique or bespoke headstone may be more appropriate for quirky personalities.
Lawn memorials are a traditional choice that look exquisite for many years to come. They usually consist of a classic base and headstone, which is fixed at the head of the burial plot. Lawn headstones can be crafted from a range of different natural materials, and are often carved into different shapes.
These are beneficial as they can provide enough space for a meaningful inscription while remaining understated and elegant.
Kerbed headstones offer increased opportunity for personalisation. As well as the traditional headstone at the head of the plot, these memorials also feature a raised stone border covering the whole grave. The centre of this border may be filled with slabs or chippings or planted with flowers. Like other headstone varieties, these can be crafted from a variety of natural materials.
Full kerbed headstones are a wonderful choice for those that wish to create a stand-out memorial in the cemetery or churchyard. They offer additional space for extra inscriptions too, which may bring comfort during a difficult time.
Choosing a memorial for a child or teenager can be a very painful process. You may wish to take extra time to make your decision, particularly if you want to choose something out-of-the-ordinary to celebrate the life of your much-loved child.
There is a range of headstones to choose from, which are often catered especially for children and young people. As well as the traditional lawn and kerbed headstones, you could select a plaque or carved design. Many infant headstones are shaped like teddy bears or angels, while headstones for teenagers may represent a particular hobby or interest.
Remember, if you do choose something different, be sure to check the regulations of your churchyard or cemetery.
In addition to the shape and design of your chosen headstone, it is important to think about the material of your memorial too. Granite continues to be a popular choice, primarily for its durability. Unlike other natural stones, this material weathers well and is unlikely to deteriorate over time.
It is also a versatile stone, giving you plenty of colour and finish options to choose from. It is easily carved too, offering you a range of possibilities for intricate inscriptions and art. Many people choose granite for its low maintenance as well, ensuring that your loved one’s memorial looks its best at all times.
Marble is another popular choice for UK headstones. This opulent stone is a fitting tribute to the life of a loved one, giving any memorial an unforgettable elegance and beauty. It is a stone that lends itself well to carvings, giving you plenty of flexibility when choosing your headstone.
It is worth bearing in mind that marble can be higher maintenance when compared with granite. However, this should not put you off choosing this beautiful stone. With the right care, you can ensure your loved one’s grave looks exquisite for years to come.
If you are looking for something different from the traditional types of headstones, choosing a bespoke headstone shape may be the right decision. With the help of your mason, you can create virtually any design to celebrate the life of your loved one. If you have a particular style in mind, the best thing to do is to contact us to talk to us about your idea. We will help you create something truly special to memorialise the passing of your friend or family member.