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Headstones, Memorials, And Markers

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Choosing commemorative stones that can be placed beside a loved one's gravesite is an important step that surviving family members may be responsible for. Headstones, memorials, and markers vary in size and design. The following information will briefly describe how each stone type may influence a loved one's final resting spot. 


Headstone monuments are one of the most common commemorative stone types that are typically displayed in cemeteries. Headstones are displayed in an upright fashion. A stone may contain straight or rounded edges or may represent a unique shape. Marble, slate, and granite are some materials that headstones are carved from.

Sandblasting and etching are often used to provide headstones with a smooth surface and distinct design. The signage that is added to a stone can be customized and should reflect upon the recently departed. Words and pictures can be included in a personal display that is being added to a headstone.


A memorial is often larger in size than a headstone. It may represent a pillar, a tower, or a unique object. A memorial could be a replica of a decedent's beloved pet or an inanimate object that is representative of one of their hobbies or interests.

A memorial could also be designed to look like an angel or another figure that is looking over the recently deceased. If a memorial will be used to memorialize an entire family, a sign may be secured to it that lists each family member's name. A large family monument can be displayed on a plot that is the final resting spot for a series of relatives.


Markers are smaller than headstones. They are usually designed to lay flat, but are  sometimes be designed to rest at a slight angle. Markers that are laying flat will only be able to be read if someone is standing over them. Markers that are slanted can be read while standing back from them.

Markers are often much cheaper than headstones, due to their small size. A marker may be constructed from a stone variety or metal. A marker acts as a sign and may contain the name of a person or their birthdate and death date. If a headstone is going to be added to a cemetery plot, a marker can be placed at the opposite end of the plot.

All of these commemorative products vary in cost. Speak to a funeral director or a memorial supply business owner, to acquire more detailed information about the products that are of interest to you.