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Types of Memorials

The words grave markers, headstones, gravestones and memorials are often used interchangeably. In general, these terms can refer to any type of tribute that is placed on a grave.

“Markers” generally refer to memorials that lie flat or are raised. Cemeteries will often use the term “monument” to refer to any memorial that is two pieces. Most styles are available for one person or in a “companion” style. Companion memorials are made for two or more people.

The type of memorial that is best for you will depend on the requirements of your cemetery, your personal taste, and your religious or cultural customs.

Flush, Flat, or Lawn-Level Marker
Lawn level stones are generally 4” thick and are set flush on the ground. This type of memorial can be granite or bronze.

graphic of a lawn level cemetery marker

Raised, Pillow or Beveled Memorials
A raised memorial is flat on the bottom and cut on a gentle angle like a wedge. Making the back of the memorial higher than the front.

graphic of a raised pillow bevel cemetery marker

Ledgers cover more of the grave space and can be flush or raised.

Similar to an upright headstone, a slant marker will normally have a top and a base, but they may also be placed directly on the lawn. The top will be wider at the bottom and have an angled top that tapers so that the front is seen at a slant.

graphic of a two slant cemetery markers

Memorial benches are typically made of granite and are sometimes used as an alternative to a traditional memorial. They also may be used along with a traditional memorial creating a family or estate lot. Benches are available in a variety of colors and styles and may be made with or without a seat back.

Upright Monuments have two pieces – a top and a base. The top piece, referred to as a tablet, can be cut in many different shapes.

graphic image of 6 upright monument shapes