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“In Loving Memory” is a phrase that adorns many a funeral program, sympathy card and headstone. These words and other salutations are used to pay tribute to a person who has passed away. We all seek ways to remember and memorialize our dearly departed. The headstone marks the place where our loved one is buried and helps us, and generations to come, to remember.
Headstones are also commonly known as grave markers. They have more recently been called “memorials” as that is their purpose. The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word memorial as “something designed to keep remembrance alive.” Our loved ones may die, but they are forever alive in our hearts and minds.
Memorial markers are constructed granite or bronze, or a combination of both. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, with numerous designs to choose from including, floral, religious and nature designs. Graphic symbols such as crosses, hearts, stars, angels, praying hands, airplanes, etc. are available, as are different lettering types, finishes, and edges. Pictures are becoming more and more popular and can be etched, or in black and white or color.
Samples of pre-designed memorials are available to choose from or you can totally customize one. The possibilities are endless, giving you a great opportunity to personalize your loved ones marker, and truly reflect the life lived. At a minimum, the person’s name, year or birth and year of death is engraved on the memorial, as well as a salutation or tribute such as “Loving Wife”, “Beloved Brother and Friend”, “Devoted”, and “Dearly Missed.”
The wording you decide upon is only limited by the size of the memorial and therefore the space available. Memorials are made for individuals and also for companions, such as a husband and wife, with space for two names, set of dates, etc…
In addition to the cost of the marker, which varies, depending on material, size, pictures, graphics, etc…, the cemetery charges a fee to set the marker.
Veterans are entitled to a free headstone when they pass away, whether they are buried in a National cemetery or private cemetery. The family only has to pay the cemetery’s marker setting fee.
We at Woods-Valentine Mortuary are pleased to now offer memorial markers, as do other mortuaries and cemeteries. A funeral counselor will show you a variety of designs, symbols, and styles, and assist you in selecting this personal tribute.
The headstone is an item that some families postpone the purchase of, as it is not required at the time of burial. But it is never too late. It is an important and lasting tribute. It is truly one way to keep our deceased loved ones’ remembrance alive. They are gone but not forgotten.