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Headstones and Grave Markers – Two Unique Types of Burial Monuments

Burial monuments are customizable grave markers that memorialize you or your loved one. Headstones and MemorialsMost people typically think of a tombstone, but this is far from the only type of burial monument available. For instance, many people who pre-plan their funeral opt for a flat grave marker rather than an upright gravestone.

As with many aspects of burial pre-planning, choosing and customizing your ideal burial monument is likely foreign to you. That’s is why has outlined the many different monument options available, as well as information like price, benefits, and more.

What is the difference between Headstones & Grave Markers?

There are two main types of burial monuments: A flat grave marker and a raised headstone.

Grave markers are flat bronze plaques installed on a granite stone base for the purpose of identifying the deceased. Burial headstones are upright granite monuments for the same identification purpose. There are many different styles and types of gravestones and markers available, with different design and personalization options and different average costs of each. Read on to learn more about these specific burial monument types, and to decide which is best for your funeral plan.

Why Choose a Tombstone?

The stone form of a tombstone (sometimes called a “gravestone”) burial monument is typically what we imagine when envisioning a cemetery resting place. This type of identification is a proud and elegant way to demonstrate that the deceased was loved and continues to be remembered.

The memorial headstone can be personalized in terms of shape, size, and inscription. The messaging typically inscribed on a burial monument includes:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Words of loving identification such as father, daughter, sibling, friend
  • Date of birth and death
  • Philosophical or religious sayings

Why Choose a Grave Marker?

A flat, lawn grave marker is an elegant way to memorialize the deceased. Information typically inscribed on a cemetery grave marker includes:

  • Date of birth and death
  • Name of the deceased
  • Personal information chosen by the deceased or the deceased’s family

If you choose to have an in-ground burial, depending on the cemetery location, you will need a memorial such as a flat grave marker or upright monument. When you pre-plan your marker, you can select exactly what you want your memorization to say.

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