When a loved one passes away and you decide to go with traditional funeral services, complete with a burial in a cemetery, you then have to get a headstone of some kind for their grave. The funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ can most definitely help you with the services you need to honor your loved one. But beyond that, they will also have tips on what you can do for the headstone. You’ll have a better understanding of what’s standard, what’s acceptable, and other details you need to make important decisions to honor your loved one well into the future. Here are a few tips on certain areas.

Tip 1: Consider The Inscription With Care

Whatever you have engraved on the headstone will be something that you and anyone else who visits the grave will see right away. It makes the headstone a custom piece, even if it looks just like others around it in other ways. There won’t be any other headstone like the one you have for your loved one—as it should be. Most headstones have the person’s full name, birth and death dates on them. But there can also be other things added. You might put something like, “loving mother, daughter, and wife” on the headstone or something else to describe their station in life. You could also add a short phrase that meant a lot to them or a quote.

Tip 2: Look Into Coloring

Depending on the cemetery in which your loved one is laid to rest, there may be certain requirements as to how the headstone should appear, how large it can be, and so on. Talk to the cemetery professionals first and see what is allowed before you make the wrong decision. Grave markers are standard in gray, but there are a lot of other colors of granite that can make the stone stand out for your loved one. Consider those colors and how they look as they age to make the right choice.

Tip 3: Other Decorations/Options

Depending on the size of the headstone, you might be able to carve something else into the stone, like a heart or an angel. There are also headstones that come with flower vases on one or both sides so you can bring flowers to add to the headstone for a decoration on a regular basis. The options truly are limitless, and you’ll want to consider what will function well and look nice for the long haul.

Buying a headstone for a loved one’s death is not going to be something anyone wants to do. But when you are working with funeral homes in Phoenix, AZ on traditional burial services, it’s a necessity. The compassionate professionals at Thompson Funeral Chapel are here to help with all of the details, both large and small. Call us with any questions you have or to set up a time to meet with our funeral director at (623) 932-1780. We’ll gladly visit with you at 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338 and help you work out everything you need.

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