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A Consumer's Guide To Grave Markers

The remains of loved ones and friends from past generations are contained in a cemetery. A grave marker is used to mark or identify the location of the interment (burial) of a person. The marker chosen depends on the individual cemetery regulations, the finances available at the time of death and the deceased's wishes.

The following list explains the different types of grave markers commonly used in a cemetery.

Headstones This type of marker is placed at the head of the grave and can be made of a variety of materials, including cement, marble, granite or field stone. A headstone will contain information about the deceased, such as the deceased's name, date of birth and date of death.

Footstones A footstone is placed at the foot of the grave and usually only contains the initials of the deceased.

Lawn Markers Lawn Markers can be a marble or granite block mounted flush with the ground. A bronze plate with the deceased's information is bolted to the stone.

Companion Markers These markers contain more than one person's information, such as a husband and a wife.

Niche Markers A niche marker is a small bronze, granite or marble plaque affixed to the wall in a mausoleum.

Ledger Stones Ledger stones, also known as grave covers, does what the name implies- they cover the grave. Ledger stones are normally six feet long, three feet wide and four inches thick. Ledger stones themselves can be inscribed or they can be used with a headstone.

Temporary Grave Markers These are used to mark the plot after the burial while the permanent tombstone is being created. Temporary grave markers are usually plastic stakes that have a card that includes the name of the deceased, the date of birth and date of death along with the plot number.

Temporary Removable Photo Frame Grave Markers These markets were invented as a keepsake. The grave marker is fully customizable and is coordinated with the theme of the funeral or the funeral home's stationary. It will contain the traditional information found on temporary grave markers. In addition to this, poems, text or photographs can be included. Once the permanent grave marker is placed, the photo frame can be removed and given to the family as a keepsake.

No matter which type of permanent marker the family decides on, a temporary grave marker can be converted into a beautiful keepsake for the deceased's family. Families, as well as funeral industry leaders, appreciate these unique temporary markers.

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