Tombstone Shapes and Monument Styles

Tombstone shapes and monument styles are illustrated. There are many different styles of granite memorials. The following information is provided to help you become familiar with the basic aspects of monument design. Familiarity with tombstone shapes and monument styles will help you when you sit down with us to design your loved one’s memorial. Measurements may vary but those shown are typical for each style. Learn more about monument designs.

Upright 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.

Slant Monuments

  • 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

  • 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.

Bevel 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.

Ledgers

  • 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 with Slant or Bevel Markers

  • 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

  • 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.

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.

Rock Monument

  • Similar characteristics of the Upright Monument.
  • Area available for expression, decoration, and engraving is variable with the size of the stone and the polished face.
  • Bronze markers may be mounted.
  • May also be used as a cremation memorial.

Upright Monument Shapes

There are a wide variety of tops and ends available. However, if you want a memorial with tops and ends that are different or unusual, those designs will usually be more expensive.

Monument Styles and Tombstone Shapes

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“A very good experience, thanks to Sherree at your La Marque office. I don’t know that you could have done anything to improve my experience, everything was perfect for me. I want to thank you again for a beautiful monument and marker.”

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