When buying a headstone there are a lot of factors which must be taken into consideration to ensure the process is as stress free as possible. The main factors are:
The wishes of the deceased – the deceased may have specific wishes which will need to be acted upon.
Churchyard regulations – each churchyard will have its own specific regulations which must be adhered to, such regulations may cover the type of headstone which can be erected on the grave.
Choosing a Mason – once you have established what type of headstone you require and will be accepted by the Church you will need to find a mason to supply and fix the headstone. Choose a mason which are members of the National Association of Memorial Masons, which is the governing body for the industry.
Buying the headstone – once you have selected a mason ensure you receive a written quote which details everything which is included in the price, letting, images, delivery, fixing etc. Also confirm what guarantees are offered. It is worth noting that the ground will have to given time to settle after the burial, this can take six months or longer before the headstone can be erected.
Maintenance – once the headstone has been erected you will be responsible for the headstone, including that it is firmly fixed and not at risk of falling over.
The above is an overview of some of the factors you will need to consider when buying headstones. Visit our information centre for more useful reading.
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