When a loved one passes on, and their body is buried, a headstone or grave marker is placed to identify the person buried there. Grave markers typically state the person’s name, their birth and death dates, and other personal information. Here, families will learn several important things about grave markers.
Grave markers and headstones come in various styles, including:
- Flat or grass markers, which lie on the ground at the top of the grave
- Bevel markers, which lie on the ground at the top of the grave, but rise above grass level
- Pillow stones or slant markers that have a wedge-like shape
- Monuments, which stand upright
Most of today’s headstones are made of granite, bronze, or a blend of the two. Granite comes in shades of gray, pink, black, and brown, and engraving or sand blasting in CT is available in a range of styles. Monuments are available in styles from traditional to elaborate, and flat markers often come with built-in vases for memorial flowers.
Where to Buy a Headstone
Grave markers may be bought from funeral homes, cemeteries, or third-party sellers. Because cemeteries aren’t covered by the FTC’s Funeral Rule, they may not accept monuments bought elsewhere or charge fees for their installation.
The price of a grave marker is typically calculated by its weight. The larger the stone, the costlier it will be. A headstone’s price generally does not include extra features, such as photos, images, or decorative Sand Blasting in CT.
Cemetery Requirements and Rules
Every cemetery has regulations on the types of grave markers it allows, including rules on headstone features, styles, and sizes. Before choosing a grave marker, learn about the cemetery’s rules. Furthermore, some cemeteries have partnerships with headstone vendors, and such requirements will directly affect the family’s purchase decisions.
Many cemeteries want families to purchase grave markers directly or from an approved vendor. If a family decides to buy a grave marker from an online or third-party retailer, it’s important to ensure that it’s allowed and to ask about fees for installing such a headstone. Visit Shelleybrothersmonumentsct.com for more information and purchase advice.
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