Selecting a headstone for your loved one is not an easy task. Other than dealing with the feelings of grief and loss, this is most likely something you have never had to purchase before. Add to that all of the options of materials, sizes, colors, shapes, embellishments, and more and it can leave you feeling extremely overwhelmed. As directors of funeral homes in Wilsonville, OR, we understand how challenging this can be. To help in this process, today we are going to talk about some of the most common questions we receive when it comes to purchasing a headstone.
When making arrangements for a loved one’s funeral, many families will have a budget they are trying to stay in. This is why one of the most common questions we get asked is how much will a headstone cost. Unfortunately, it is difficult to give a specific price on how much a headstone will cost due to variables such as the material, size, and type it may be.
One thing we can say is that a typical average price of a headstone can run around $2000. If you are looking for a less expensive option, then you may consider a grave marker. These markers, also known as flat markers, are about half the price of a typical headstone.
Many families are pleased to discover that often times headstones will come with warranties. After all, this is a big purchase and you want to ensure it is protected. These warranties will typically cover issues such as manufacturing defects, poor workmanship, or other issues.
Always ask for a copy of the warranty and discuss it with the headstone provider so that you fully understand everything that is, and isn’t, covered. Also, make sure you get the warranty in writing and keep it in a safe place.
There are several places families can purchase headstones. First, check with your funeral director as they may offer headstones or work with a local reputable provider that they can put you in contact with. You can also find headstones with other local vendors, online, and from cemeteries.
One important note is to always make sure you check with the cemetery the headstone will be placed before purchasing the final headstone. This is because many cemeteries have very specific rules and policies and what is, and what isn’t, allowed.
For example, some cemeteries may not allow headstones over a certain size while others may require them to be made from specific materials. Make sure you check with the cemetery and ask about their current policies.
When making arrangements with funeral homes in Wilsonville, OR., you will have a lot of decisions to make. Deciding on their headstone is one of these decisions. Although not an easy task, hopefully, this information that we have talked about today can make the process a little less difficult. And remember that you don’t have to do this alone. Don’t be afraid to ask a family member or close friend to help you.