Planning out a loved one's funeral and burial is always an emotional time. You may find that you want to invest in a headstone with an important picture engraved on it. Headstone engraving has been done for many years, incorporating names, vital dates, and epitaphs to headstones. If you want to incorporate a picture in that engraving, though, there are a few things that you need to think about. Here's a look at what you should know to add a photo engraving on your loved one's headstone.
Choose An Original Photo
It's tempting to want to take a quick picture with your smartphone to capture the photo that you want to be engraved on the headstone. After all, if the image is important enough to engrave it on a headstone, you probably don't want to part with it.
The fact is, a picture of a photo isn't going to provide the clarity and quality that the engraving will require. If you want the engraving on the headstone to be the clearest and most detailed that it can be, you'll want to supply the original photo. You'll get the photo back after the engraving is complete, so don't worry about losing your important picture.
Select The Image First
One mistake that many people make is to add an image engraving after they have already designed the rest of the headstone. Unfortunately, this can pose some challenges because the engraving will have to be worked around the existing design, and perhaps sized down to fit properly.
If you choose the picture that you want on the headstone first, then you can work the rest of the headstone text and information around the image. That way, the engraved picture is the focal point.
Be Selective About The Picture
When you're choosing the photo for the headstone engraving, it's good to be picky. Remember that the image you select will be permanently engraved on your loved one's headstone as a memorial to him or her.
Choose a photo that your loved one would be proud of and happy with. Make sure you like everything about the image, including his or her clothes, facial expression, and any other details. The happier you are with the image, the happier you will be with that picture representing your loved one's memory.
Talk with your funeral director or the cemetery grounds manager today about any other headstone considerations and options. That way, you can be sure to get the headstone that you really want.