Gravestone Designs

Find out about gravestone symbolism and ideas to design a gravestone.
WellnessKeen Staff
Last Updated: Sep 13, 2018
Death of a loved one is an ineluctable part of life for every person. In order to bridge the void that remains in our lives due to the unforgettable memories of the deceased one, we build monuments. Monuments to honor, tribute, and cherish their memories forever in the form of headstones and gravestone markers.
When it comes to personalized gravestone designs, we need to be creative and practical at the same time. You must have seen the old designs with various cryptic symbols and religious inscriptions. Well, these numerous designs have endless interpretations and meanings that could be inspirational for us to design a gravestone.
Designs
While selecting a gravestone design, you need to consider its cost, type, material, as well as the size of the headstone/gravestone. There are numerous grave marker designs that are popularly selected.
Some of them are the horizontal tablets, vertical tablets, heart-shaped tablets, slant grave markers, flush grave markers, bevel grave markers, and personalized child and pet grave markers. You can design personalized shape tablets for the deceased person. For instance, lithochrome dye designs, flat-carved, hand-carved, etched, and shape-carved gravestones.
Gravestone Design
The floral patterns of dogwoods, lilies, roses, tulips, and other such patterns are also popularly selected these days, along with the mountain or evergreen forest scenes.
All these designs are available in various popular and durable materials like marble, glass, granite, bronze, cement, etc. Selection of the design, size, and the material has to be done carefully and by taking their prices and durability in mind.
You can also browse through Internet to get an idea about the headstones for graves. This infact gives you an added advantage of checking various designs at a single go.
Gravestone with Flowers
Gravestone with Flowers
Ancient Gravestone
Ancient Gravestone
Granite Gravestone
Granite Gravestone
White Granite Gravestone
White Granite Gravestone
Marble Gravestone
Marble Gravestone
Skull and Crossbones Gravestone
Skull and Crossbones Gravestone
Personality
Personality of the deceased person plays a huge role in determining the gravestone designs, especially the headstone plaque and sayings. For instance, a flat-carved design might suit a person with unassuming nature. While for a person with vibrant nature, you might want to opt for larger and upright gravestones.
You also need to zero down a gravestone engraving that truly describes the spring of thoughts as well as personality of the deceased one. For instance, if that person was religious then you can opt for religious symbols and if that person was more into nature, you can select some scenic engravings.
Epitaph
Choosing a perfect gravestone epitaph or saying also affects the cost as well as personality of that gravestone. Remember that the least are the words, the greater is their impact. It is the reason why people opt for the one liners, since they are more definitive and cheaper.
Lines like 'I told you I was sick' or simply an appropriate gravestone symbol, can clearly reflect the exact personality of the deceased person. If it is a companion grave markers design, then you can also get a love quote engraved on it, with the etched plaque of both the deceased people.
Finalizing Gravestone
Once you have finalized the design, size, material, type, and inscriptions, you need to draw its rough sketch and take it to a professional engraver. You might get surprised learning this, but there are a few specialized gravestone and plaque engravers that can come to your rescue. 
If you are ready to spend a few extra bucks, you can also get a marble or granite statue of the deceased one made by the engravers.
If you really want to design a gravestone from your heart, rather than concentrating on the prices, take maximum efforts in selecting the designs that can reflect the true memories of your loved one.