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At Grahams Headstones and Memorials we make designing your headstone or memorial an easy and straightforward process.

Once you have an idea of the wording you would like, we can produce a scaled layout.

This will help to visualize what the finished headstone or memorial will look like and give you the opportunity to make changes to fonts, letter size and spacing (especially if the headstone or memorial will eventually include details of another person).

Here are some examples.

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Headstone and Memorial Traceries and Custom Artwork

Headstone and memorial traceries are images, logos or designs that can be cut into the granite and hand painted to help personalise the headstone.

They may help reflect the personality, interests, culture or religious beliefs of your loved one.Indian symbol

We have built up a large database of imagery (traceries) to show you or you may have a unique line drawing or sketch that could be converted into a tracery.

They can be finished in a single colour, multi-coloured, silver spray or in gold leaf.

Custom artwork is developed from photos, sketches or ideas from the client.

A few examples are shown below.

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Fonts

The choice of font for headstones and memorials is important. It has a major impact on the visual appearance of the headstone.

Often the heading and finishing verse or epitaph are cut in a different font to the main headstones inscription.

The range of fonts is huge, but not all are good for headstone or memorial use, however if you have a particular preference we can advise on its suitability.

Here are some examples of some popular fonts used on headstones or memorials, with their names in order of appearance.

– Park Avenueimage-9

– Commercial Script

– Wedding Text

– Raphael

– Goudy Bold

– Quill

– Coronet Bold

“To all the staff at Graham’s, especially Ivo, who had to put up with me in arranging Denise’s headstone. Thank you so so much. IT’S BEAUTIFUL. Just like she was. Once again, thank you.”

D. Crispe

“Thank you so much for making such an exceptional job of Mum’s headstone. The whole family is thrilled to bits with it. It looks better than we could have ever imagined.”
"Warm appreciation from Maria and Bernie I would like to thank all the folk I spoke with for your help and care in arranging the memorial headstone for my late husband Roy. My family and I thought the headstone was quite special."

Pam

“Thanks for the great work you and your team did for the J E Pratt memorial at Ramarama Catholic Cemetery. The whole family was most pleased. Thanks also for the unexpected gift voucher. Thank you again.”

L Pratt

"I would like to convey to you, how pleased and appreciative we are with the finished headstone. It’s a true reflection of how we as a family wished to have our loved one remembered.
Thank you for a job well done. (Especially the onions!)"

J Hansen