Why Are Granite Headstones A Good
By Rosemary Catzola
The loss of a loved one leaves a void that no one can
fill. The grieving process is painful and families
struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one. Long
after the person has departed, the only things that
remain are the memories that one will have to live with.
The mortal remains will have a designated place in the
cemetery and this is where the headstone will be placed
and it will carry the relevant information of the loved
Headstones have changed over the years and they are not
what they used to be centuries ago. Headstones are a
very vital part of history. They help us identify the
life and times of the person who is buried there. These
serve as documented proof for historians.
Today, the memorial headstones have changed with the
times. These days bodies are cremated due to lack of
burial space and also because it is a more environment
friendly option. Even when the body is cremated the
departed ones are given a memorial, and headstones are
installed in the cemetery.
Care should be taken while choosing the headstones. If
they are meant to last for ages, then granite headstones
are the best option. These granite headstones are
sturdy, long lasting, and require minimum maintenance.
These days even the permanent headstones have changed. A
simple Upright-like headstone is used to mark the grave
of an individual. These are either made of Stone or
granite. Sometimes it may be a combination of the two.
This is normally placed at the head of the grave and
directly above the ground. These help in preserving the
memories of the individual.
Stone headstones are a good option for permanent
memorials. These include Stone plates with some special
lettering as well as designs and the important details
such as the name, date of birth as well as death etc.
These Stone plates are then fixed to the granite slabs
and installed in the cemetery as a beautiful memorial.
Earlier permanent memorials had huge upright pieces of
stone that was sculpted, where there was written
information regarding the individual's grave that was
marked. These types of memorials do exist even today,
however, now these are used to mark a group of graves,
such as the grave of the whole family. The upright, huge
headstones and the smaller ones, all of them make a
complete memorial of the family as a whole.
There are 'pre-need' memorials that are arranged by many
people before they die. These headstones come with the
inscription of the name of the individual at the time of
purchase. If there are two names such as the individual
as well as a companion, then both names are inscribed
and then the date of deaths are added later on.