Headstone Purchasing Tips

How Much does a headstone cost?

The final cost of a headstone will be dependent upon the size, material used, lettering, artwork, inlays, customisation and accessories included – such as flower pots or memorial lights.

Be aware of additional costs such as cemetry fees, delivery costs and installation. Delivery fees are often included in the price of memorials purchased from online retailers.

Technological advancement in the memorial industry has allowed for much greater customer choice.

Forever Shining allow you to design your Headstone in a comfort of your own home allowing you to design unusual, original and contempory memorial designs.

1. The first step is to check the cemetry regulations on the size and type of headstone they allow.

Some cemetries restrict the materials permitted for example to granite or bronze.

2. Find out if the cemetry has a preferred installer.

A recommended installer should hold the correct insurances and the installation should comply with the cemetery’s regulations, thus ensuring longevity of the installation.

3. Material choices can be limited if purchasing through a cemetery stone mason or the cemetery itself.

Granite headstones are favoured by most purchasers over marble due to its durability, ease of maintenance and ability to be laser-engraved.

4. Compare prices. Headstone purchasing can be expensive.

Online manufacturers offer an automatic price calculation with no hidden extra costs and many will ship for free. Purchases should be made through secure sites only. These can be identified by looking for the ‘lock’ symbol prior to purchase and by only using sites with reliable payment methods such as B-Pay and Direct Funds Transfer.

5. When buying a memorial online your design is computer- rendered for you.

You can change and adapt it many times until all loved ones are happy before you finalise the design. A delivery timeframe will also be given.