Infant Headstone Design Ideas
Trying to design an infant headstone? The subject is tough enough without having
to get into technical details. So this article will keep it simple. We don't want to make things any harder.
Please understand that cemetery regulations must be taken into account when designing an infant's
headstone. Contact your local monument and headstone services company in order to determine your cemetery's regulations.
If you are in the greater Philadelphia area (South Jersey) feel free to contact your nearest Monuments of Distinction location.
The best thing we can recommend is go with your gut feeling. From the heart, what would you
like the infant's headstone to say? Keep it simple. Remember, you only have limited space on a headstone. Love, peace,
happiness, rest, serenity, etc are common words that, when explored, may help you uncover the exact phrase best suited to
your infant headstone design. If appropriate, it may be therapeutic to write a very short poem about your baby.
The Image or Emblem
What image most exactly
reflects how you would like your loved one to be remembered? Commonly used images:
- a heart
- an angle carrying a baby
- baby's favorite toy
- Mary holding a
- a favorite pet or animal
- a favorite doll
Granite or Bronze Infant Headstones
There are two main types of infant headstones - granite and bronze. The material that the headstone
is made out of is often determined by the cemetery. The size and shape of the headstone may be limited as well. Contact you
local headstone services company. They can help you with these details.
headstones are usually less expensive. Granite headstones display their designs through the use of engraving or sandblasting.
Very fine detail is not possible using granite. Bronze headstones, on the other hand, can capture much finer details and be
made with higher contrast in color. The detail of a bronze headstone is captured by pouring the hot bronze into a mold. Both
granite and bronze infant headstones can be strikingly beautiful and meaningful if done thoughtfully.
Name and Date
When adding the name of your
infant to the headstone you may also want to include a nickname. It is customary to add the birth and death date for historic
or genealogical reasons.
To summarize, the best thing to keep in mind when
designing an infant headstone is go with your gut. Choose granite or bronze. Choose an appropriate message and image. Add
the name and dates. Follow your cemetery's rules. If you have any questions about any of this call your local headstone
services company. If you are in the greater Philadelphia area (NJ, PA, DE) feel free to contact one of our locations.
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