Some companies can provide a far more personalised service, enabling the customer to have full input into the design process. Despite their uniqueness, such original designs can be created to meet demands of budget. They need not be beyond the reach of any customer. Reputable modern memorial companies can assist even the least imaginative amongst us to create something individual and special.
Grave markers can be created in any shape. Thus an avid football fan could have a memorial in the shape of a football, team crest or cup. Markers can be made in the shape of a dream car or motorbike.
Music lovers can be commemorated with a beautiful headstone in shape of the guitar. These memorials look very impressive and they are perfectly suitable for departed in whose life music played a key role. Elements such as engraving lyrics of the departed’s favourite song in the inscription could complement the design.
Headstones are available in the shape of various animals. Someone with a passion for animals or a much loved pet can be commemorated in this way. An animal can even be chosen to represent the character of the departed, for instance, a horse-shaped headstone, symbolising freedom, strength and happiness, would be appropriate for someone brave, who was enjoying life.
Book-shaped headstones are another popular design. Such shapes are elegant and perfectly reflect the story of our ‘earthly adventure’. Sometimes “our stories” come to an end unexpectedly and too early.
This can be especially true when called upon to create a memorial for a baby or child. Heartbreaking though the process is, grave markers can still be designed to commemorate the love and joy the young life gave to others. Designs for children often reflect the naivety and innocence of such youth. Favourite characters, toys and teddy bears are among designs which have been chosen for children. Perhaps markers which have associations with much warmer memories ease a family visit to the gravesite. They give the impression that the departed child is comforted by something familiar and of great meaning in their short life whilst waiting to be joined by family in time to come. British theologian, Richard Hooker, once said: “Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colours and sweeter shades than those of earth.”