Different Types Of Headstones

Planning a funeral is stressful not only because of grief but also because you want to choose a headstone that accurately depicts the life led by your loved one. There are several types of gravestones available and the type you choose is dependent on several factors, including cost, space, and personal preference. Here are a few of the most common types of gravestones.

Upright Headstone

This is the most popular headstone that consists of two pieces: a base and a tablet. The tablet is vertical and is available in a variety of shapes and sizes, although a standard tablet is around 45 inches tall. The base supports the tablet and is fixed to the ground to ensure it isn't easily knocked over. Together, the tablet and base typically weigh around 450 pounds.

Flush or Flat Headstone

Another popular option is a flat headstone. It is either flush with the surrounding ground, slightly raised and on a base, or slightly raised and slanted. Most flat headstones are constructed from marble or bronze and available in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. This is one of the most cost-effective options.

Obelisk Headstone

An obelisk, which has Egyptian origins, is a tall monument that is pointed at the top and placed on a square base. An obelisk headstone is available in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. Many families choose to place other decorative elements around the obelisk, such as an upright headstone to mark the grave.

Kerbed Headstone

Otherwise known as a ledger marker, a kerbed headstone is a stone slab that is typically eight inches thick and covers the entire gravesite. The memorial is either engraved on the kerbed headstone or the family can choose to have another upright headstone that features any engravings. This is a more expensive option because the slab of stone is so thick and large.

Cremation Monuments

If a loved one chooses cremation, there are several options available. If the urn is buried, it can be marked with an upright headstone, flat headstone, or any of the other above-mentioned options. Headstones with niches or hollow areas to hold the ashes or urns is another common option. When families want to hold several different urns in one gravesite, a cremation bench or a larger hollow or niched headstone is another popular option.

When a loved one passes away, there are many headstone options available, including options for loved ones who choose cremation. For more information, contact a company like Pemi-Baker Memorials.