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Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, and deciding what kind of memorial you would like to use can be a tough decision at such an emotional time. Headstones, kerbed memorials and cremation memorials are all great ways in which you can remember and honour your loved one.
Whether the death was expected or completely out of the blue, you will want to make sure the person is remembered in the best way possible. Below is a short guide to headstones, kerbed memorials and cremation memorials, which will help you decide which one is best suited for remembering your loved one.
Headstones are also known as gravestones, and they are a marker that is placed over the grave. They usually include the full name, birth date, and death date of the person at least, and very often more than this.
Headstones generally stand upright and can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, such as those from http://www.memorialsofdistinction.co.uk/. The traditional headstone is a simple rectangular shaped block with writing on it. However, today you can purchase headstones in many different shapes, for example, in the shape of a heart.
Headstones are usually made out of granite or marble, or other stone in some cases. The writing on the headstone can either be simply engraved into the stone, (many older headstones have this) or it can be engraved into marble with a colour such as silver or gold.
Kerbed memorials consist of a headstone with a longer section reaching out over the burial site. These beautiful memorials can be very aesthetically pleasing and are a fantastic choice by which to remember your loved one.
Kerbed memorials can be very ornate in design and often include specific places for flowers and other grave adornments. Like headstones, kerbed memorials are traditionally made out of granite or marble. The colours are usually black, white or blue pearl.
If you decide that you want to invest in a kerbed memorial than you will have to check with the graveyard first to see if it is permitted. Most cemeteries have specific guidelines with regards to a maximum grave area so that everyone has the same sized plot. Kerbed memorials are a very aesthetically pleasing choice of memorial, and have the potential to be personalised to the greatest extent.
Cremation memorials are usually a lot smaller than the typical headstones, and certainly smaller than the kerbed memorials. As these are not actually covering a burial site, they come in a variety of shapes, including flat placard style stones, or miniature headstones.
Of course the specific writing is always personalised on every memorial, but the great thing about cremation memorials is that they can be greatly personalised shape-wise as well, to exactly what you want.
You may decide to have a photograph of your loved one as part of the memorial, or even some simple hearts or roses carved into the stone. These memorials are also typically made of granite or marble, as they both have a good longevity.
Losing a loved one is never easy, and deciding in what way to remember them is a very important decision. Above is a short guide to the different types of gravestones and memorials available to help you create the most fitting memorial possible.
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