How to Choose Headstones in Lake City, FL

March 8, 2017 8:17 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Oftentimes, a person takes it upon themselves to do funeral pre-planning—whether they know they won’t be around much longer or simply don’t want to burden their family with planning after they’re gone. This may sound a bit morbid to some, but doing this guarantees that your final wishes will play out as you want them to.

One such funeral service detail is selecting a headstone for graves. Similar to choosing a casket, you can choose the types of material, color, size and shape for your headstone. Additionally, words other than a name, photos and artwork may also go on gravestones.

A headstone is so much more than a simple gravesite marker. It’s a monument to someone you cared for dearly, and therefore, it should be placed in honor of them. Here are a few good points to keep in mind when choosing headstones in Lake City, FL:

  • Know cemetery restrictions: Before you pick out a headstone, it’s important that you inquire about the cemetery’s headstone restrictions. The types of restrictions will vary depending on each individual cemetery, but typically includes regulations targeted at the material, size and design of the gravestone. The funeral home or memorial establishment of your choice is likely to be familiar with local cemetery headstone restrictions, but it’s a good idea to visit the grounds and speak to them in person.
  • Find out a cemetery’s fees: There may be certain fees, both initial and ongoing. You will first want to find out if the cemetery charges a headstone installation fee, and also if they offer installation services. If they don’t, see if the company you bought the headstone from will install it for you or can recommend a contractor. Furthermore, many cemeteries charge regular maintenance fees, so be sure to ask about these before you commit.
  • Check out a variety of headstone materials: When it comes to headstones, there are many material options to choose from, and although most are made of stone, there are different types available that make beautiful gravestones. The most common materials used are granite, limestone, marble, slate and sandstone, but other popular headstone materials include wood, bronze and iron. Talk to the funeral home you are working with about your options, and ask to see samples.
  • Select the perfect gravestone shape: There is more than one type of headstone orientation for graves. Referred to as a flat headstone, one way to position a headstone is flat on the ground. It’s a marker that’s raised a couple inches up, and this type of marker raised a few inches is called a raised top headstone. But the most common are upright headstones, which stand tall from the ground in shapes ranging from rounded up top to rectangular. These are easier to see than flat ground headstones.

If you are interested to learn more about pre-planning, or are in need of funeral services, cremation services or options for headstones in Lake City, FL for your loved one, call the professionals at ICS Cremation & Funeral Home. Our knowledgeable and caring staff is here to help you through a difficult time.

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