The Different Types of Headstones and Its Features

Headstone with a crown of flowers hangingGrave markers typically list the name, date of birth and death of the person who died. It will primarily depend on the wishes of the deceased or their immediate family if they want to include an epitaph, images or personal information on the headstones here in Salt Lake City.

Styles

These headstones typically come in a variety of styles, such as:

  • Ledgers that generally lie flat on the ground, cover the grave and are eight inches thick. The family can choose to put up a monument at its head or engrave it and use it as the headstone itself.
  • Most people know monuments as headstones, which are tablets that stand straight out of the ground.
  • Pillow stones or slant markers commonly sit flat on the ground and are around 18 inches tall. It has a wedge shape because its front is angled back.
  • Flat markers or grass markers are those found at the head of the grave, lie flat on the ground and are even with the grass.
  • Bevel markers also lie flat on the ground, but they rise above the grass and are around eight inches thick.

Materials

They make a majority of headstones from bronze, granite or the combination of both. Granite varies in color from black to brown to gray to pink. Engraving usually comes in a series of styles and typefaces. 

Monument headstones are available in several various styles and shape that range from common rectangles to complex sculptures. Meanwhile, flat markers can be completely flat or have flower vases built in it.

Most cemeteries promote buying a headstone from them or their recommended vendors. If you do buy from an online retailer or a third party, ask the cemetery first if this is possible. You also need to double check with them if they will charge you fees for installing a headstone that you did not buy from them.