Planning A Beautiful Service

When my grandmother passed away, I was astonished to learn that I had been named the executor of her estate. After splitting up her belongings amongst my aunts and uncles, I turned my attention to planning her funeral. I didn't know where to start. Fortunately, I was able to find an excellent funeral home that understood how to help people plan beautiful memorial services. It was amazing to go through the process of planning the music, the speakers, and even the set-up of the room. This blog is all about planning gorgeous memorial services for the people that you love so that you aren't left grappling with difficult decisions.

Unique Types Of Gravestones


Selecting a gravestone is always a challenge, whether it be for yourself or a loved one. Finding the headstone that memorializes the person in question is difficult, especially because of all of the options that are available to you. There are many different types of gravestones that can be used as markers, depending on your price range and the style that you wish for. This article will go through a few of the less common types of grave markers.

Flush gravestones

These are normally the smallest and most economical style of gravestones. Made out of granite or a bronze metal, these gravestones are set flush into the ground which can be an interesting and respectful way to mark the grave. These gravestones can also be raised slightly out of the ground to create a raised ledge so that they are pushed out of the ground slightly. This creates a ledge that allows for more visibility. There is a variance of textures and finishes that can be applied to the stone to create a unique appearance, customized to you or your loved one.

Slant marker gravestones

Slant marker gravestones are very similar to flush grave stones, being made of bronze or granite. The difference, however, comes out of how the marker is set. These markers, consistent with their name, are slanted up out of the ground, to be able to be read at an angle. So, instead of being flat on the ground, or raised, they are higher at the top than they are at the bottom. These markers are generally set onto a cement foundation that gives it the slant, which minimizes the amount of bronze or granite needed for the actual gravestone.

Obelisk gravestones

Obelisk gravestones aren't used as much anymore, simply because they are generally cost-prohibitive. However, these monuments surely are eye-catching. An obelisk gravestone is a thin four-sided pillar with a pointed top. Normally made out of granite, these stones are particularly good for marking several graves or a grave plot because they allow for lettering or images on all four sides. Many times, an obelisk marks a family site, and if that is the case, can be more economical than a smaller grave stone for each member of the family.

There you have it-- a few of the less common types of gravestones that you could choose for you or your loved one. Whatever you choose, make sure that it fits the person. If they are quirky and fun, make the gravestone similar by changing the shape of the stone, or add a quote from them to make it different. Celebrate their life the way they would want it celebrated! Contact a company like Hartman W A Memorials LLC for more information.


15 December 2015