A Guide for Beginners When Choosing Funeral Memorials

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Hello, my name is David and this is my funeral planning blog. Funerals can be morbid affairs and your own funeral is probably something you don't want to think about. However, last year, my grandmother passed away. As my family dealt with her affairs, we discovered that she hadn't made any plans for her funeral. This made it difficult to know what she would have wanted and some of my family had an argument about the best way to proceed. I worked closely with the funeral home and discovered a lot about how best to plan a funeral and the importance of planning your own. My grandma was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony. I hope you find this blog useful.


A Guide for Beginners When Choosing Funeral Memorials

29 April 2020
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When a loved one passes on, several things should be done to preserve their memory even after burial. One way of preserving a deceased person's memory is by buying or installing a memorial such as a sculpture, plaque, grave marker or headstone. Deciding on a suitable memorial is no easy choice, and thus, the family of a deceased must consult professionals such as funeral home directors for ideas about memorials. Rushing into buying a memorial can turn out to be the wrong decision if you do not consult a professional. A funeral director can advise you regarding local regulations governing the erection of memorials. Here is a guide for choosing funeral memorials.


Before buying a memorial, you should establish your budget first. You must know the resources at your disposal before deciding to invest in a memorial for a deceased. Various memorials, such as sculptures and headstones, vary in prices. For instance, a bronze headstone can be a bit pricier compared to natural stone. Funeral experts recommend that you should not splash all your savings on a memorial. The reason is that financial challenges can add to the grief of losing a loved one. Therefore, always be realistic and stick to your budget. Moreover, you don't want to spend all the money on one item, such as a memorial, and forget other budgetary items such as a casket, transport, and meals.

Cost of Maintenance

When buying a memorial, you should consider both the short-term and long-term maintenance costs. If you are installing a memorial, you should know that it deteriorates over time. Maintenance of memorials can be an expensive affair. Therefore, choose a memorial with less costly maintenance regimen such as cleaning. Besides, a memorial should be durable enough to avoid future expenses like regular repairs. When a memorial deteriorates due to poor maintenance, the experience can be painful since it is synonymous with erasing the memories of the dead.


Choosing the right words to put on a headstone or grave marker is a requirement that most people fail to understand. A small pictorial carving can be a welcome addition instead of many wordings that are often overused on headstones. Remember that you should be frugal with words to avoid clutter. Also, opt for a letterform and design that will withstand the test of time. To bring your ideas to life, consult a professional letter cutter who is experienced in doing inscriptions.