Grave Marker. Tombstone. Monument. Grave
These are terms used to describe the marker for the burial
location. Markers are typically made of stone or metal and come in
upright or close to the ground versions. They can be very simple or
very ornate, and in recent years, technology is even being
Traditionally, an inscription is made with the person's name,
date of birth, and date of death and could also include an
additional statement of honor. When choosing an inscription try to
keep from excluding other family members or making emotional
statements you may later regret such as "the only person I will
ever love" or "my favorite (brother, sister, child,
parent)." These engravings are permanent and changing them at
a later date would be very costly.
Where to buy
Grave markers can be purchased through the cemetery, monument
companies or even a funeral home. Grave markers can cost as little
as $100 or well into the thousands of dollars, so do your research
before making a purchase.
Check with the cemetery before making a
If you choose to purchase your marker from someplace other than
the cemetery, be sure to check the individual cemetery rules about
installation, the types of grave markers they will allow and who
can install it.