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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.

What You Need To Know About Funeral Services

Most individuals think that funeral services is an essential ceremony that they should plan and attend upon the death of a loved one. However, the truth is that these memorials have much more to them than just that. As a matter of fact, they are giving the loved ones an opportunity to bid the deceased goodbye in a way which they feel appropriately reflects who they were when alive.

Funerals are a celebration of the life than one has lived as well as a symbol of the life that has passed. As such, it is imperative to honor the wishes they made before passing on. Such details help in facilitating a more peaceful mourning and grieving process for every individual who knew them.

The Types of Funeral Services

Basically, when individuals think of funerals, they tend to think of a service done in a funeral home where friends and relatives come to pay their final respects. However, this only a scratch on the surface. As a matter of fact, there are five distinct types of services which include:

  1. Services followed by cremation or a burial
  2. Service and burial or cremation services which are followed by a crematory or a graveside service
  3. Graveside or crematory service which is followed by burial or cremation
  4. Service after the cremation or burial
  5. Service at home
  6. Once you have chosen the type of service you wish, you can then decide if you would like additional events or touches to make it more unique or personal. In regards to the events, there are typically four among which you can choose. They include a wake, a viewing, a visitation or even a reception. On the other hand, reception includes anything from a certain location to a specific individual to officiate the burial or cremation ceremony. Again, arrangements can be made to accommodate depending on the requests of the deceased loved one, or even the wishes of the remaining family and friends.


    When it comes to planning for a funeral, etiquette is one of the most overlooked factors. When planning, it is important to pay particular attention to mourning traditions, customs and even rituals in various faiths. It's also important to be mindful of what is said in condolence messages, what to wear and how to prepare for the service and even how to handle social media.

    If you have any concerns or questions in regards to funeral services, you can consult a funeral specialist or a funeral home in your local area.