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Should You Add Engraved Symbols And Backgrounds To A Headstone?

Most headstones contain basic information about the deceased, from names to dates. Many contain a brief religious or descriptive blurb in addition to the basics. But some headstone monuments really go all out and have images and symbols added to the stone. These can range from carved landscapes to even photos of the deceased. If you're interested in adding these symbols, here's what you need to know.

They Can Be a Form of Memorial

If the deceased had beloved hobbies or was known for certain activities or events in their lifetime, adding images and symbols that represent those activities can be a form of memorial. Someone who was a well-known and well-loved animal rescue operator could have images of cats and dogs, for example; someone who loved gardening could have images of flowers engraved on the headstone. It's a way to let people know what the deceased felt was vital to their life.

They Do Increase Cost, Depending on the Details

Headstone monument engraving usually includes a certain amount of text plus some choices for borders, and graphical representations are usually extra. Depending on the level of detail, the cost of the headstone could go up by quite a bit. One way around that is to look at different styles of the image that you want. A full rendering of a soccer player on the field, for someone who was a champion soccer player, would cost more than an outline of the player, or, say, an image of a soccer ball. The sign and monument company making the headstone can help you find a solution.

They're Permanent, so Choose Wisely

Obviously, something that gets engraved into stone is permanent barring a complete resurfacing of the stone, which you're likely not going to want to do. But that means you need to treat whatever you put on the headstone as something worth a lot of consideration. You don't want to choose something that you'll regret later or that you'll get tired of seeing. If you're pre-planning your headstone now, take time to figure out what you really want. If you're trying to design a headstone for someone who just died, you aren't going to have much time to decide, but still take time to really consider what you currently think would be good. Choose some options, and then take an hour or so to mull them over.

Symbols and graphic backgrounds on headstone monuments can be beautiful tributes to the deceased. A sign and monument company can help you choose which symbols would be the most appropriate. For more information on headstone monuments, contact a professional near you.