Selecting a headstone for your loved one who has passed away is not an easy task but it should be considered as a process of healing and of memorialising your loved one.

What is a headstone?

A headstone is placed at the head of your loved one’s grave to serve as a monument and to indicate their final resting place. Headstones will typically reflect either the personality or a special verse, icon or image that is true to how your loved one lived their life. When selecting a headstone, you will have to choose a shape, design, material, finish and inscription.

Different types of headstones

Flat headstones (also known as a flat marker or grass marker) are either made of stone, concrete, or bronze and lie flat on the ground. The inscription will usually be engraved in the stone or on a plaque that will be attached to the stone.

Raised-top flat markers are made of a block of stone or concrete and are usually sloped to the back.

An upright headstone is a traditional headstone, which is usually fixed to the ground and made from granite, marble or limestone.

A kerbed headstone lies over the length of the grave and is often seen with a combination of an upright headstone.

How long before you can put a headstone on a grave?

You should wait a minimum of 6-12 months to give the soil time to settle. This factor is also dependent on family traditions and climate.

What is the difference between a headstone and a tombstone?

There is no difference- they both mark a person’s grave.

Can you install a headstone yourself ?

Only registered tombstone manufacturers are allowed to install headstones in municipal South African cemeteries.

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