Whenever somebody that you care for passes away, you will undoubtedly go through a range of emotions. These will range from shock to disbelief, grief and mourning, but while you suffer, you will also want to make sure that they are memorialised and that their legacy is upheld. As you remember the good times, you will prepare a fitting tribute to be delivered at their funeral service, and you will help to ensure that as many people as possible attend to celebrate their life with you. Yet time does not stand still in the weeks and months following the funeral, and you will also want to ensure that memories do not fade too quickly. You will be keen to create a more substantial and longer-lasting memorial that will stand the test of time. How can you make use of the latest technology to ensure that you have the best quality gravestone to mark the burial site?
These days it is possible to make use of modern software and hardware to come up with a contemporary design that you can attach to a granite headstone. In the past, you would have to rely on a skilled artisan to etch words into the granite by hand, and this could take a lot of time and be somewhat limited in its capacity. You would undoubtedly get a great result, but the headstone would not necessarily stand out from any other ones in the graveyard.
These days, you can opt for laser technology to create something that uses not just words but also images that had a special meaning for the departed. You could include a photographic image of the person or a separate image dedicated to a cause that they were particularly proud of.
These machines use a complex array of mirrors and lenses to direct a powerful beam of energy towards the granite surface. This beam can be controlled with micro precision by a sophisticated computer programme, to eliminate the top layer of granite and reveal the lighter layer beneath. As the power of the energy beam is adjusted, a number of different shades of grey can be reproduced in high resolution.
Augmenting the Message
You can then add several paragraphs of text beneath these images in relatively small typeface, once again with great accuracy. It would have been very difficult for the artisan of old to recreate this level of content, simply due to the rudimentary methods used.
As you make your funeral arrangements, make sure that you look at laser granite etching options so that you can create a truly fitting and permanent tribute to your friend.
Funerals can bring forth such a range of emotions: melancholy, grief, regret, relief and nostalgia. As an assistant at a funeral parlour, I am privileged to help people with organising their loved one’s final journey. I have learnt that a good funeral parlour can make the occasion truly commemorative. When I attend funerals for friends, I am saddened to see that so many ceremonies are traditional and joyless. I later find out that the family members simply weren’t aware of options such as a graveside memorial service. I love the fact that one of my tasks involves showing family members various venues and demonstrating what can be done. In this humble little blog, I hope to make it my mission to share some of the ideas – big and small – from the best funerals I have seen. Perhaps it will give you some inspiration at a difficult time. Bless.