Designing a hand-carved headstone for a loved one is not something people typically enjoy doing – nobody likes to think of someone close to them dying and when they do, they are often not in the frame of mind to think clearly about what to put on their stonework.
However, doing so could mean your friend or relative is able to have a headstone that really represents their personality, with many designs available these days.
For instance, animal lovers could have hand-drawn and hand-carved images of their favourite creatures on their memorials. If they worked with animals all their lives, could not be separated from their pets, or a safari adventure had had a deep significance to them, this could be the ideal way to let others know what they were like.
Alternatively, horticultural enthusiasts can have a delicate flower drawn on to their headstone, whether they spent their lives arranging flowers for weddings or enjoyed spending weekends at their allotment.
According to SunLife’s Cost Of Dying report, only one per cent of people knew all of what their loved one wanted from their funeral before they died. What’s more, less than a fifth (18 per cent) knew any of their funeral wishes at all.
It revealed that Brits are still reserved when it comes to talking about their end-of-life plans, as 17 per cent who did know what their friend or relative wanted learnt about it from their will.
The findings showed that organising a funeral was the trigger that made nearly a third (60 per cent) of people start thinking about their own plans, which could include personalised headstones.