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Selecting A Family Headstone: Four Things To Consider

Some families choose to have one large headstone for all people buried in the family cemetery plot. If this sounds like an option you want to select for your family, you may want to take some time to consider the options available to you. Use this guide to select the family headstone that is right for you and your loved ones.

Headstone Layout

There are many options available for selecting a headstone layout. For example, you may choose to have a headstone that extends from one end of the family's burial plot to the other. This is a great option for a couple or a family of three. For a larger family, you may want to consider a headstone that sits at the center of the plot, which provides additional space for individual markers on both sides. Be sure to check with your cemetery to determine if there are any size restrictions for headstones before you select an option.

Headstone Engraving

Once you have determined the layout for the headstone and any additional markers, you can begin the process of selecting headstone engravings. Consider having the family name engraved in large letters at the top of the stone, and then divide the rest of the marker into separate sections for each family member. Remember that you can also use the back of the headstone as well, so you can use this additional space to add a family quote or other personal information.

Memorial Stones And Markers

If your family plot is planned out for many relatives, you may want to consider adding memorial stones or markers for each relative. These smaller headstones can be placed on the sides of the family marker. This provides a way for people to pay their respects to individuals as well as the whole family. Your monument company can help you to select smaller designs you can use for the plots.

Family Memorial Bench

If your family can't decide on having one family headstone, an alternative might be to have a memorial bench installed in front of the family plot. This gives you a way to create one centralized memorial for the entire family while still allowing everyone to have their own individual headstones.

Talk to your family in advance so you can all agree on the options that work best, and have your funeral home director help you with finding the right monument company to make your family monument one you can all admire. For more information, contact a company like An Thiel Monuments.