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Ideas for Designing a Memorial Headstone


Engraved Headstone

A burial monument provides a permanent marker of your loved-one’s final resting place. It also presents a unique and personal tribute to their life. Here are some fitting suggestions on ways in which you can make your departed relative or friend’s headstone truly personal.


Perhaps the most traditional way of personalizing cemetery monuments is by having them engraved. You could choose to have some artwork included in the design that reflects your loved-one’s interests and personality. Engravings can be left plain, or you could choose to have the text highlighted with a metallic finish.

QR Codes

One relatively new addition to cemetery memorials is QR codes. You can set up a QR code that links to a specific website where you might like to share pictures, stories or more information about the deceased’s life. QR codes can be scanned using a smartphone or other mobile device and don’t take up much space on a memorial, making them a great way of sharing a large amount of information virtually.

The QR codes are fabricated from durable plastic and are attached to the monument using an epoxy resin. In the event of damage, they can be quickly duplicated and replaced.


Photographs can really help to tell the story of the deceased and add a really personal touch to memorials. For example, if your relative is to be buried in the same grave as their spouse, a wedding photograph could be incorporated, showing them together in particularly happy times.
Your original photos are scanned and the image is embedded into a frame of your choice, which is then set into the memorial by the monument craftsman.


An epitaph is a short text that is engraved onto the memorial. Epitaphs are typically formed from quotations or phrases frequently used by the deceased, short passages from the Bible, or poems of which the deceased was particularly fond. If you wish, you can compose your own truly unique epitaph.

You might like to further augment your loved-one’s gravestone by incorporating decorative metal inlays or perhaps a flower vase that could be used to hold silk versions of their favorite blooms.

In conclusion

You can make your loved-one’s gravestone a truly unique and poignant tribute by using one or a combination of a few of the above suggestions. For more information and helpful guidance, contact the staff at Columbia Gardens Memorials today.

Wallace’s headstone. by lori05871 licensed under Creative commons 4


4 thoughts on “Ideas for Designing a Memorial Headstone”

  1. My grandmother recently passed away, and I wanted to help design her headstone. You had some great tips for memorial design, and I liked how you said to consider incorporating decorative metal inlays or a flower vase for silk blooms. This sounds like a beautiful idea, and I’ll keep this in mind when helping design my grandma’s gravestone.

  2. My husband’s family recently lost their uncle. They will be interested to know that they have some options when it comes to what goes on a headstone. I like how you said that you can now add photographs. I will have to mention this to them.

  3. Thank you for explaining what an epitaph is on a gravestone. My mother died last week and we have to decide what to put on her tombstone and none of us can make a decision. After reading this article I have a few ideas of what I’m going to propose to my siblings.

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