Burying a child

It's one of the hardest things to have to bury your child. It feels like it goes against the natural order of things. It can be hard to find items that suit a young life being cut short and help you to truly remember the spirit of the child you are burying. This site has a collection of ideas and thoughts that can be used when coming up with memorial services that celebrate the short life and personality of your child. It can be a useful resource for family, communities or schools plan sympathetic funeral services for children and their loved one.

A Buying Guide for Tombstones


Buying a tombstone is a significant investment that needs excellent thought and care. The headstone helps to memorialize the life of a dear one for an extended period. The purchase should, therefore, not only reflect the personal taste of the deceased, but it should also represent the past life of the dead. Deciding during that trying period can be stressful, and thus, this guide aims to assist you in making the right choice. 

• Cemetery requirements

Different states have different guidelines and regulations for cemeteries. Before you buy a tombstone of your choice, enquire about the rules. For instance, some memorial parks or cemeteries allow all grave markers to be of bronze or granite. Others allow the flat tags only, while others give guidelines on the size or the shape of the grave heads. Understanding the rules of the cemetery will guide you throughout the buying process.

• Type of material

Tombstones are made of sandstone, granite, bronze, marble or other related materials. Sandstone, for example, does not hold up well as compared to the other elements. If durability is one of your considerations, you will have to consider bronze, granite or other durable materials which can stand extreme weather conditions.

• Size and shape

If the cemetery accepts tombstones of all sizes and shapes, then you will have a big choice. The standard configurations include upright monuments, tablets, plaques, nameplates, sculptured angels and much more. A flat headstone is easier to maintain than all other options. You can also buy a cremation headstone which holds ashes of your dear one in case of cremation. A grave basket is also an ideal option.

• Should I purchase online?

You can buy gravestones and other related accessories online. However, you have to be extremely careful. Conduct your due diligence to know if the company you select is credible and issues warranties. You should also consider the privacy policy of the site and confirm that it includes a contact number and an address.

Purchasing a grave head is the final step of burying your dear one. It requires comparison shopping, a set budget and family input. You also need to decide if you want a stone that will last for an extended period or a simple marker for memories alone. There are many types of tombstones, and the choice is yours. However, when purchasing them, ask the right questions, know the cemetery guidelines and work with a company you trust.


28 September 2019