Whether you are planning out your own funeral arrangements as part of your estate planning or are making arrangements for a loved one who has recently passed, one of the decisions you will need to make is the kind of headstone to be used at the burial site.
As an experienced funeral planner in Lake City, FL, we understand that there are so many other decisions and tasks you have on your mind while planning a funeral, so our goal is to make the process of selecting a headstone as easy on you as possible. While there are a variety of tasteful and durable options for headstones, we often recommend granite.
Here are just a few reasons why you might consider a granite headstone:
- Outstanding durability: When you choose a headstone, one of the primary factors you will likely want to consider is how long you can expect that stone to last. After all, the purpose of a headstone is to leave a lasting monument to the person buried at the site. Therefore, a stone that is capable of maintaining its aesthetic appeal and withstanding long-term exposure to the elements is an ideal selection. Granite is one of the most durable types of stone you’ll find. It holds up extremely well to water and weather—one of the reasons it’s commonly used as a material for kitchen and bathroom countertops—and will not shatter like slate, stain like marble or deteriorate over time like sandstone. It will maintain its integrity and appearance for many years to come.
- Excellent versatility: Granite is an excellent material for engraving, carving and etching, which is ideal for the purposes of a headstone. Many people also have headstones laser etched or sandblasted, which allows for much more complicated and personalized inscriptions and designs that will, thanks to the stone’s durability, last for generations.
- Natural beauty: Granite comes in many different colors and patterns. Every single piece of granite is completely unique, which makes it a fitting choice to act as a monument to the individuality of your loved one. There are many granite workers and artisans who are capable of airbrushing granite to add artwork beyond just the engraved names and dates, which enhances the individuality of a granite headstone even further.
- Simplicity: One of the nicest things about granite as a headstone is that, while it is durable and beautiful, it is also still simple. Many people prefer to avoid over-the-top monuments made with gaudy materials and decorations. Granite is extremely natural, and there is an elegance to its simplicity that speaks volumes.
These are just a few of the main reasons why granite is one of the most popular types of stones selected by people seeking headstones for themselves or for a loved one during their funeral planning endeavors. For more information about the different options we have for headstones or for more advice as you make your selection, contact ICS Cremation & Funeral Home to speak with a funeral planner in Lake City, FL.
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