The prospect of choosing a headstone can often be daunting. When choosing a headstone design, people are often in a state of shock and make a quick and hurried decision.
At this time, they are often too sad to really give the headstone much thought and may later regret their choice. Others put the decision off, finding it too painful and then feel a sense of guilt for taking their time.
We always recommend that people wait at least a year after the death before choosing a headstone design.
Not only will that allow plenty of time for the ground to settle, but it will also allow them to gain a sense of perspective and their choice of wording will be more uplifting.
The purpose of a headstone should be to celebrate a life, and not to mark our sadness at a loss. The headstone will be there for hundreds of years and should appeal to strangers long after we are gone.
Far from being upsetting, choosing a headstone design can be a very healing and therapeutic journey, and if the designs you are offered are very limited, do seek alternatives, because headstones can be works of art, and they are after all the last parting gift you leave your loved one.
Creating a lasting tribute that fully captures their spirit or character can be deeply comforting. Here are some inspiring headstone designs which are uplifting and unique.
Headstone Design in Nabresina Limestone
This headstone design carved by hand in Nabresina limestone features organic and flowing lettering, with nesting letters and ligatures. The text itself forms a block which is inviting and draws you in to read it.
The lettering is painted with a slightly off-white paint, which closely mimics the natural cut surface of the stone.
Headstone Design in Hopton Wood
This beautiful headstone design is an example of how an inscription can be short and simple.
Sometimes the simplest headstone designs are most powerful, and the addition of a carving of a Tudor Rose lends the stone a feminine touch.
Headstone Design with Lettering Along the Edge
Sometimes there is not enough room to fit an inscription on the front of the headstone, it is possible to add an inscription along the top edge of some stones, and with this headstone design it works really well.
Headstone Design in Slate with Flowers
This is the reverse of a headstone. We often use both sides of a headstone. The inscription on the reverse will be a pleasing surprise to a visitor, and often features a poem or some lyrics.
This inscription is uplifting and positive, and reflects the deceased’s love of flowers, and the flowers planted around the headstone.
Headstone Design in Slate with Delicate Carving in Sunken Relief
This epitaph on the reverse of a slate headstone catches the sunlight in an English churchyard. The lettering is feminine and delicate, like the dimensions of the headstone.
Tall and narrow headstone designs are a firm favourite.
Headstone Design in Slate with Circular Carving
We love the carving chosen for this headstone design. It is flowing and eternal, reflecting a life which continues after death.
The inscription is inspired by the poet William Yeats.
Headstone Design in Portland Limestone with a Carving of a Boat
This classical headstone design in Portland limestone needs deep, bold lettering. The carving of a boat is echoed in the inscription along the top of the headstone.
Headstone Design that’s Simple, Yet Strong
Sometimes the less you include, the more impact it has. The reverse side of this headstone says everything you need to say.
Pebble Headstone Design in Slate
We often use pebble headstones for children. The curved sides are wonderfully smooth to the touch. They invite you to feel the stone and create an intimate dimension. The lettering on this headstone is soft and delicate.
Headstone Design in Portland Limestone with a Delicate Carving of a Stag
This fine carving features a delicate carving of a stag under a tree. The leaves wrap themselves over the top of the headstone in a visually appealing manner.
Before You Commit to a Headstone Design…
Allow yourself time and space to consider your options. Do not feel under pressure to make a quick decision or to choose from a small selection of standard headstone designs.
Try to explore alternatives. It’s important to create a unique and personal headstone.
Article kindly provided by Stoneletters Studio in the U.K., which specializes in bespoke headstones. Please visit this site for more inspiring headstone designs.