Top Ideas for Grave Markers
When a loved one passes away and the plans are made for a burial, it’s important to research ideas for grave markers and engravings before making a purchase. Choosing a grave marker is an important process because a grave marker ultimately becomes a part of a loved one’s memorial. It is a memento by which people will remember a loved one and visit years after their passing. For some, a grave marker will be a simply gesture to the life of the loved one, while others may want to pay more to honor a loved one in a big way.
While it may be difficult to think about, researching grave markers is especially important if the loved one was a spouse or a parent and you are considering if the grave marker should have room for another person. If so, it can be designed in a way that can represent a couple and updated when a second person has passed.
The following ideas for grave markers are taken from best practices and themes commonly seen at cemeteries in the US. That being said, designing a grave marker for a loved one is a personal process. So talk to friends and family before choosing a design and don’t hesitate to break from the templates you’re given to choose from.
Granite Flat Cemetery Markers
Grave markers can be made from a variety of materials, including granite, bronze, marble, sandstone, limestone, soapstone, fieldstone, stainless steel, cast iron, and others. The most popular cemetery markers consist of a single plate made of granite because they are durable, easy to clean, and at times preferred by a cemetery. A granite individual gravesite marker can commemorate loved ones with basic information, including a person’s name, date of birth, and date of death. Depending on the size of fonts used and the size of the marker allowed by the cemetery, you may also be able to include a short message like “A loving father” or “In loving memory.” Keep in mind as you’re researching that an average individual gravesite marker will measure around 24 in. X 12 in. X 4 in., while a double grave site marker would need to measure double in length.
Bronze Flat Cemetery Markers
Grave markers can also be cast in bronze with a simple yet elegant design. Bronze is comparable to granite in terms of durability and ease of cleaning, but may appeal to someone looking for a different aesthetic. Keep in mind that some cemeteries will require that you mount a bronze plaque onto a granite base, which would increase the cost by needing to use two different materials.
Raised Cemetery Markers
A raised cemetery marker, also called a slanted cemetery marker, can be made out of bronze and granite and be preferred over a flat marker because it can stand out more above other flat markers and be spotted easier from afar. Raised markers will have a slant to make it easier to read the cemetery marker from a distance.
Both bronze and granite are easiest to carve, and therefore lend themselves to be better materials for custom and detailed designs. Honoring a loved one may be better with a custom design that can capture a detail or image that represents a loved one.
If you would prefer to commemorate a loved one with religious symbolism, there are many religious headstones to choose from.
If you’re looking to purchase a grave marker or headstone, visit Clear Stream Monuments where you can browse ideas and choose from a variety of options, or customize your own.