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Selecting a Grave Marker

Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC
Grave marker selecting

Choosing a grave marker that includes extra personalization will add a special touch to a loved one's final resting place. From the design of the monument to the wording engraved on it and even including an etched photo, learn how to create a wonderful memorial for the deceased.

Before Selecting a Grave Marker

Before you start shopping for your grave marker, contact the cemetery to ask about any rules regarding headstones. Some will only allow you to place a certain type of grave marker or will have a limit of text you can place on one.

Choosing a Grave Marker for Your Loved One

Due to the specialness of this tribute, you may have some difficulty deciding on the perfect one. It may be useful to consider the following when making your decision:

  • Including a photo

Are you interested in having a photo on the marker? You can have your loved one's face etched into a bronze or granite grave marker or you can have a printed photo in a frame placed on the marker.

  • Type of design

Think about your loved one's style for this one. Would the person like a floral design around the marker or a more contemporary or simplistic design?

  • Loving phrase

Depending on the size of your grave marker, you can add a few words about your loved one. Some people will add a short poem or quote about how much the person is missed or about the person's life. For some examples, watch this headstone sayings slideshow.

Type and Size of Grave Marker

The two most common types of grave markers available are bronze or granite. Both of these are good in the weather, so you don't have to worry about that. Choosing the type depends on what you believe your loved one would have liked.

The size also depends on what you feel is best for your loved one. You can choose a small one that simply lies on the ground where he/she lies or a larger one that stands on the gravesite.

Using the Internet to Find a Grave Marker

There are many benefits to using the Internet to find a grave marker. You can conveniently relax in your chair and browse the many different ones available for purchase and get ideas about what you would like to include on it. Furthermore, you can also shop around for markers that fit into your budget.

To get you started, visit these sites with a good selection of grave markers.

This company designs the marker in their shop and will ship it out within 6 weeks. Rush service is available if needed. You can see a wide selection of sizes as prices on this web page. If interested, you can contact the company through the website for a quote.

If you are looking for a flat grave marker, check out this website for granite and bronze varieties.

Another website with a nice selection of grave markers. The site also has suggestions for sayings you can include on a marker.

Selecting a Grave Marker