Our headstone designs can incorporate anything that you wish within the limits of what the cemetery permits. Many people equate the countryside with peace and therefore ask for country scenes with trees and perhaps flowers. Another symbol of peace, of course is the dove, and a pair of doves nesting in a tree is another of the ideas that people incorporate.
Of course, we can install photographs of any description on a headstone, so you might have an old photograph of your mother holding you as a baby which you would like to include, or perhaps a photograph of her doing something that she enjoyed or on a holiday somewhere. What you need is something that evokes that special memory of your loved one.
Headstone designs are often chosen to reflect a personality or interest of the person whose life they are commemorating, so if the loved one enjoyed being in the countryside you might select a picture of a mountain or a lake to make a stunning background to whatever inscription you wish to include.
Another favourite choice for headstone engraving is flowers. Here there are many choices such as roses, lilies, daffodils, carnations, azaleas, water lilies, tulips, and a whole lot more ideas. Each flower has a symbolic meaning so, for example, the red carnation means “I love you” while the pink carnation is “I’ll never forget you”. A white rose symbolises purity and innocence, a bluebell kindness, and a yellow tulip is “sunshine in your smile”. You can look up the symbolic meanings of flowers on the internet, of course.
If the person to be commemorated was religious, then many headstones will naturally contain religious pictures or symbols. A sculpture of an angel is something that is chosen fairly often, but you might have an image of a saint or other religious personality praying.
Married couples are often buried in graves side by side, and again a photograph could be used here. Perhaps there is an old black and white photograph of them on their wedding day, which is a nice way to commemorate their devotion to each other.
Our headstone engraving can include any sort of epitaph, a poem, a statement, and of course the name and dates of the person’s life. We always provide you with templates so that you can see what the finished headstone will look like before we actually carry out any work.