Understanding the Cost of a Headstone: What You Need to Know

Losing a loved one can be an emotional and challenging experience and having to then choose and purchase a headstone to commemorate their life can understandably add an extra layer of stress.

But while the cost of a headstone may seem daunting at first, understanding what goes into the final price can help you make an informed decision as to how to best honour their memory.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the factors that contribute to the cost of a headstone, so you can feel confident in your choice and focus on honouring the wonderful life of your loved one.

Factors Affecting the Cost of a Headstone

The cost of a headstone can vary depending on several factors, such as:

Size and Design:

Larger and more complex headstones will generally cost more than smaller, simpler ones. A headstone with custom designs and additional engravings or fine craft etchings will also increase the cost.


The material used for the headstone will also play a significant role in the cost. Granite is by far the most popular material used for headstones due to its durability and value for quality, but other materials are also often chosen at varying costs, such as marble, sandstone, limestone and slate.

Location & Cemetery Requirements:

Different cemeteries have different regulations and requirements for headstones. Some may require specific sizes, materials, or designs that could affect the cost.

Additional Costs:

Other costs such as delivery, installation, insurance and memorial maintenance should also be considered.

Understanding the Types of Headstones

Before deciding on a headstone, it’s important to understand the different types available.

The three main types of headstones are flat, upright, and kerbed.

Flat headstones are placed directly on the ground, are the least expensive option, and are more commonly used as cremation memorials as opposed to traditional burial plot headstones.

Upright headstones stand vertically and are the most traditional and most popular option.

Kerbed headstones surround the grave and provide more space for designs and engravings.




Choosing the Right Headstone

Choosing a headstone is a deeply personal decision and a significant part of the grieving process.

It’s essential to consider your loved one’s personality and preferences when selecting a headstone.

However, it’s also crucial to keep in mind the practical considerations, such as the size, material, and design of the headstone that will ultimately impact the cost.

A headstone is a permanent memorial and choosing the right one is a decision that should not be rushed.

Take your time to explore your options and consult with an experienced memorial masonry company to help you make an informed decision that fits your budget and meets your needs.

How We Can Help

At Wilson Morgan, we understand that choosing a headstone can be overwhelming.

That’s why we offer a variety of headstone options to fit your budget and preferences, as well as the option to craft something entirely unique.

Our team of experts can guide you through the entire process and help you select the right headstone for your loved one.

We offer delivery and installation services, as well as maintenance packages to keep your headstone looking beautiful for years to come.

Our team of dedicated and compassionate family advisors are here to help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. If you’re looking for the perfect memorial in Penarth, Cardiff, or surrounding areas of the Vale of Glamorgan, contact Wilson Morgan today to learn more about our headstone options and services by calling 02920 704949, e-mailing info@wilsonmorgan.com or by completing our online contact form.

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