July 12th, 2011
Gracie Statue Monument
Choosing and designing a monument for your loved one is a very important step in the grieving process, and your last expression of love during this sorrowful period.
The headstone or monument is a tribute to their life. It’s a visual remembrance. It tells the story of their life, ensuring that for years to come, they will be remembered.
What Is the Purpose Of Cemetery Monuments & Headstones?
Cemetery headstones and monuments are more than just a way to mark the grave site. Throughout history, cemetery monuments have told the story of a person’s life.
Included on the monuments could be a statement of character, their interests, place of birth and place of death of the deceased. How many children the person had, how they died, a Bible verses, a poem or even special quotes are also displayed on burial markers.
The essence of the deceased is forever captured by placing these insights on their grave monument. Families displayed this information on cemetery monuments as a lasting tribute to their loved ones.
Words are not the only way to personalize a monument for a lasting memorial. Statues, mausoleums, grave benches and plaques can create a sense of how esteemed the deceased was to their community, family or nation.
In the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah GA, two families memorialized the life of their daughters with statue monuments. The headstones for Little Gracie and Corinne are life-like statues, created to replicate their image as it was in life.
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November 4th, 2010
Cemetery monuments have been used for thousands of years. Typically people would use whatever natural material happened to be available locally. Often this was whatever local rock was available or wood which was not very durable since it would rot very quickly. People today have more options than ever.
It is no longer necessary to pick the cemetery monument material based solely on proximity to your town. Today, people can pick the best and most durable material available. For many the choice is bronze and granite.
Throughout the years, several different types of materials have been used to create monuments. Despite their obvious deficiencies, some of these materials are still used today. Sandstone, limestone, granite, marble, and others have been used for generations. Several of these gravestone materials lack durability or accessibility.
This article will highlight the various types of materials used in cemetery memorials and will explain the advantages of each material.
Granite Grave Marker
Marble grave stone
Cast Iron monument
Granite is by far the most popular headstone material type today. Granite comes in a multitude of colors including grays and pinks. It also has a wide variety of textures. Granite is one of the strongest natural materials with a durability that lasts for generations. In fact granite is so hard that it is difficult to carve by hand. Granite is very popular today because of its sturdiness.
Marble is another type of monument material that is still popular today. There are several types of marble. Marble comes in a wide range of qualities which means that some materials are quite permanent while others are not. White marble, for example, is a beautiful material but may eventually develop a black film over its surface.
Cast and Wrought Iron
Cast iron grave markers were popular during the Victorian era and have survived for generations. Their not so lucky counterparts, wrought iron grave markers still stand but many have succumbed to rust or live in an eroded state.
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