A memorial headstone, also referred to as a tombstone or grave marker, is a monument inscribed with the name, date of birth, and date of death of a deceased.
It may also include a few words about the departed loved one, his or her achievements, inspirational quotes, prayers, Bible verses, etc.
“In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
- Robert Ingersoll
The average cost of a headstone is about $1,500. The actual price of the product depends on the type and quality of material used, the design and style of the headstone, its size, color, finish, number of inscription lines, etc.
Thus, the cost of a grave marker can vary from $500 to $7,000 or even more if you opt for an elaborate one. Headstones can be prepared from materials like sandstone, marble, granite, limestone, concrete, bronze, etc.
Plus, you can find spherical, round or semi-circular headstones apart from the regular rectangular ones. Needless to say, companion headstones cost more than the single ones, and people usually spend $800 to $3,000 on them. You can also consider personalizing a headstone by adding an emblem or epitaph.
People usually prefer to buy the tombstones made of granite or bronze as they are beautiful as well as durable and cost-effective.
Moreover, they are easy to maintain and can withstand harsh weather conditions well. So, some cemeteries and memorial parks, nowadays, only allow bronze and granite grave markers.
You can also get a bronze memorial headstone with a bronze flower vase for holding flowers. Besides, you can find a flat bronze grave marker with granite. On an average, the starting price of a bronze headstone is about $1,000-1,100.
Getting a bronze tombstone is a good idea if you are interested in intricate designs. Marble headstones also look elegant, but they tend to weather out over a period of time. Starting price of these headstones is around $1,500–$1,800.
In case you are looking for crystalline textures and a variety of colors, consider granite as different quarries have different mineral compositions that create charming colors.
So, you can get granite in shades of grey, black, white, red, green, blue, pink, and so on at different prices. The average cost of a granite headstone is about $400-500.
In addition, the price of a memorial headstone is likely to vary depending upon the type of grave marker you choose.
Flush or flat grave markers: Simple flat headstones cost at least $200-350
Vertical headstones: Starting price is about $800-900
Bevel and slant tombstones: Price range is $350 to $2,800