Headstone Peak District and Derbyshire
7 Things to consider when buying a headstone

  • 1.

    How long does it take to build a headstone?

    The time taken depends on the colour, size, and complexity of the headstone. Some simple designs are carried in stock and can be produced quicker. We tell customers it can take up to 4 months just for a headstone to be delivered to our premises.

  • 2.

    How long should I wait before ordering a headstone Peak District and Derbyshire?

    Amongst the things to consider when buying a headstone is that after a burial the grave will need at least 6 months to settle before we can erect a headstone. However, the headstone can be ordered at any time. So that it is ready to be placed on the grave when it is settled.

  • 3.

    Which Cemetery/Churchyard is the headstone being placed in?

    This is a big factor in the decision of which headstone you choose. Each cemetery will have its’ own rules and regulations when it comes to size, colour, material, and inscription allowed.  Once we know where the headstone is going, we can advise what is likely to be approved and what is not. Most cemeteries will have their rules and regulations available online.

  • 4.

    What paperwork will be needed when ordering a headstone?

    There will be several documents from your chosen Stone mason including a quote for the work being carried out (these can be subject to change if the design/work changes), a proof of the wording, this needs to be checked carefully. Finally, there will likely be a document from the cemetery/church that would need a signature. It is worth noting that not all churchyards will require this.

Things to consider when buying a headstone - Peak District and Derbyshire

  • 5.

    Can an additional inscription be added to an existing headstone?

    Yes, you can add to an existing headstone providing there is space to accommodate the new inscription. Stone masons will try their best to match the existing font. When ordering a new memorial, it is a good idea to think of future internment in the grave and names to be added to the stone.

  • 6.

    Can I add a Photograph to the headstone?

    Adding a photograph is a personal choice, if allowed by the Cemetery/Church. This is something your stone would need to ask the Cemetery/Church, some may allow photographs, but may stipulate certain criteria i.e: size, colour/black and white photograph.

  • And of course the final point of things to consider when buying a headstone is...

  • 7.

    How much does a headstone cost?

    This is dependent on several factors. Where you are based will be a factor.

    Buying a headstone in Peak District and Derbyshire

    As well as location, variables can include size, colour, material, design and number of letters. The average cost of a headstone is between £1,500.00 and £1,800.00. This would include inscription, fitting, and any cemetery fees to pay. Cemetery fees are paid for permission to erect a headstone or add an inscription to an existing headstone.

Planning a memorial headstone

When it comes to buying a headstone, there are many factors to consider and of course many emotions to navigate. Losing a loved one is never easy, and the process of planning a memorial to their life can be overwhelming. However, with the right guidance and preparation, the process of buying a headstone can be a manageable and touching tribute to your loved one's memory.

Understand the various memorial options available

First and foremost, it is essential to understand the various options available to you. There are many materials to choose from, including granite, marble, and sandstone, each with its unique benefits and costs. It is also crucial to consider the size and style of the headstone, as well as any additional features such as a vase or picture frame.

Choose a headstone manufacturer with a reputation for quality craftsmanship

Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, it is time to start your search for a headstone manufacturer. With so many companies available, it can be difficult to determine which one to trust. Be sure to choose a manufacturer with a strong reputation for quality craftsmanship, a wide selection of headstones, and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

Be clear about your needs

When you have selected a headstone manufacturer, it is crucial to be clear about your needs and budget. A knowledgeable representative will be able to guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the headstone that you desire. Ask questions about anything you're unsure of such as the installation process and any additional costs, such as shipping and handling.

Understanding headstone regulations

Your supplier should be able to guide you in understanding the regulations and restrictions in your cemetery, as they may dictate the type of headstone that can be used. Your headstone manufacturer should be able to provide you with the necessary information and help you to understand these requirements.

A meaningful tribute to the life of your loved one

In conclusion, buying a headstone is an emotional and challenging process, but with the right preparation and guidance, it can also be a meaningful tribute to the life of your loved one. Be sure to take your time and, research your options. Your loved one deserves a fitting memorial, and with the right headstone, their memory will live on for generations to come.

Jeremy Unsworth funeral directors are a headstone manufacturer producing monumental masonry and headstones in The Peak District and Derbyshire including New Mills, Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Buxton, Glossop, Hayfield, Bollington, Macclesfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith.

All Monumental Masonry work is completed by our trained staff to NAMM (National Association of Monumental Masons) Standards, of which association we are registered fixers.

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