For burial, pre-planning allows you to choose the headstone inscriptions. The standard information is simply name, date of birth and the date of death. However, you have many more options. Many people like to include in the epitaph, the names of past loved ones and give a synopsis of your life for others to read and enjoy. Some people choose to add a saying, a meaningful phrase, scripture verse, quotes, a nickname, or a symbol. Sometimes, even a joke. More recently, an image of the deceased can be added to the headstone.
An important factor here is to investigate the regulations maintained by some cemeteries. You may be restricted to a certain type of headstone in shape, style, or material. This is where pre-planning with a professional funeral home is beneficial. We can research your requirements and make sure it is all compliant with the cemetery.
Inscriptions and epitaphs are also a consideration for cremations as cremated remains may be kept in a columbarium or added to the urn itself.