Would Your Loved One Want a Wood Grave Marker?


When visiting a cemetery, you'll notice the similarity (or even uniformity) of the headstones. Although some might be more ornate than others, the majority of them are simply vertical, rectangular stone markers. When the time comes to choose a headstone for a loved one, you might want something more individual—to reflect just how much of an individual your loved one was. With this in mind, it should be pointed out that headstones don't in fact need to be made of stone.

A Unique Commemoration 

A wooden headstone is a contradiction in terms, but it offers a marvellously unique way to commemorate your loved one. If considering this option, you need to be aware of the woods that are best suited to the task.

Balau Wood

There are specific types of wood that are suitable for grave markers—with the major prerequisite being that a dense hardwood is used. They can be made of balau, which is rich in natural oils. Balau is from the shorea laevis tree, and this means some caution might be required. This species is considered vulnerable, so be sure to enquire whether any potential balau headstone was harvested from a sustainable forest. Sustainably harvested wood will have a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Iroko Wood

Iroko isn't as heavy as balau wood, but offers the necessary density to be made into a headstone for your loved one. Its durability means that the finished headstone will be smoothed and varnished during manufacturing, but won't need regular re-treatment to maintain its look. Again, enquire about the origins of the wood. Although it grows abundantly, you may also want to ensure the wood is FSC certified.


Oak may not offer the longevity of balau or iroko when made into a headstone but is usually less expensive. Since the species is less exotic than other trees suitable for wooden headstone manufacturing, it's arguably a more eco-friendly choice. Bear in mind that oak will discolour over the years and will need periodic maintenance to prevent excessive darkening of the headstone.


If you're beginning to suspect that a wooden headstone is the best way to commemorate your loved one, there's one final piece of information you need. Check with the cemetery where your loved one will be buried. They may have certain bylaws that dictate the nature of any headstones installed on the premises. Wooden headstones may not necessarily be permitted, and it's important to have this information before purchasing anything. 

The headstone that marks your loved one's final resting place doesn't have to be stone, and a wooden headstone can ensure that the burial site is as unique as your loved one was.


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