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There are many different styles of granite memorials. You need to know the correct industry terminology to describe them when discussing options with the cemetery or ordering. This page will help you better understand the that terminology.


 
 
         
     
Upright Monuments       Slant Monuments

• Designed to stand straight up perpendicular to level ground.

• The engraved marker portion is known as a "die." Most are usually 6" or 8" thick.

• The horizontal portion is known as the base and is usually required.

• The larger size allows for more personalized expression and room for engraving.

• Scenic designs and the family name are popular additions on the back.

  Uprights & Slants  

• Upright slant shape. The thickness identified during ordering is the thickness of the base.

• The top is usually 2 inches thick.

• The top can be flat, oval, or serpentine shaped.

• A standard 2 inch to 4 inch nosing is recommended. This protects the polished etched surface.

• A base is optional and usually not required.

• May be used for individual or companion.

         
         
       
     
Flat Markers       Bevel Markers

• Designed to lie flat at lawn level.

• All are a minimum of 4 inches thick.

• Provides burial information for a single individual.

• May be used for individual or ordered double width for a companion

  Markers  

• Often called a Pillow Marker or Hickey.

• Slight bevel slant from back to front of marker.

• The back is 2" thicker than the front to provide this bevel effect

• May be used for individual or companion.

• Usually 6" or 8" thick, however, thicker markers are available.


         
         
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Ledgers       Ledgers with Bevel Markers

• Designed to lie flat at lawn level.

• All are a minimum of 4 inches thick.

• Covers the entire length of the buried.

• The larger size allows for more personalized expression and room for engraving.

 




  Ledgers  

• Combines a ledger with a slant or bevel

• Covers the entire length of the buried.

• The larger size allows for more personalized expression and room for engraving

 




         
         
       
     
Cremation Memorials       Benches

• Similar characteristics of the Upright Monument

• Usually has one or more containers for the placement of cremated remains (cremains). Cremation urns are not used

• Most cremation memorials and benches have cored spaces in the granite where the cremains in a plastic bag are placed

• Much easier to maintain as the marker does not need to be moved for ground burials.


  Memorials & Benches  

• Very popular for both a memorial and as a cremation memorial.

• Base is usually not required.

• Some style benches can hold the cremains of up to 6 loved ones.

• Enhances the beauty of burial garden




         
         
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