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For centuries, we have been utilizing stone to create long-lasting and beautiful final remembrances for our lost loved ones. While the upright headstones were among, if not the, most popular type of memorial to place on a grave, they took a backseat with the creation of the flat grave markers. One of the reasons that these beautiful tributes lost popularity is that the flat stones are easier for the cemetery to care for, and require less time and maintenance to clean the grounds around. Both styles of memorial are extremely durable, made to last a lifetime or longer, but many cemeteries today require the flat markers on their grounds, and only offer a few sections in which the upright markers can be placed. Even with the cemeteries preference for the flat markers, the upright memorials are certainly making a comeback for their elegant, distinct and timeless beauty.

Upright markers today are made from durable granite stone, as opposed to the marble and even limestone memorials of days past. Granite offers more resistance to the elements, such as rain, wind, and even the harsh sunlight, which ensures the memorial will not only withstand the natural forces, but look as elegant as when it was first placed. Another reason why granite is so popular for memorial use is the fact that this natural material offers a vast variety of colors to select from. While the colors are all depicted, it is important to note that because granite is a natural material, the final piece received will have different shades and color patterns throughout the stone.

Upright headstones are often comprised of two main parts, the base and the die, which is the upright portion of the marker. While many, and especially traditional upright memorials, feature the two-part composition, many of the designs, as everything else in our world, have evolved and feature stunning structures that can feature different pieces to make up the appearance of the die. Any of these beautiful monuments can be customized to feature the information of a single, or more individuals. A design that is gaining vast popularity is that of the companion upright that features separate wings, which are mounted on a single base. A flower vase or even small statue is usually placed in between the wings to further accent the memorial. This allows for both person's interred in the site to have their own memorial, which makes up the entire marker. This design is a beautiful reflection of how two people can come together to create a single life, which makes them especially popular for couples who are to be interred together.

When visiting a cemetery or memorial park, nothing is more noticeable than an elegant, standing grave marker or headstone. This style of memorial has been popular for decades, if not centuries, even though the material used to create them, as well as the process, has changed countless times. Markers of the days of old were usually crafted on an individual bases of softer stones, such as limestone or marble, and inscribed with basic information and little design. This has certainly changed as through the years the process has been honed to a trade, if not art form, and the materials were experimented with until sturdy granite was discovered to be an excellent medium for these long lasting tributes. Now in days, these beautiful memorials are available in a variety of granite colors, and with an even larger selection of options. Where as in the days of times past, these markers were usually only inscribed with a simple message as well as the person’s information, now headstones can be exquisitely etched with just about anything a family wishes, even including highly detailed photos and imagery, such as a serene sunset over a calm lake, or a majestic eagle soaring freely over valleys and hills.

It is interesting that with the growing trend of the flat grave marker design, the upright memorials are still a main staple in the memorial industry. This just goes to show how these wonderful tributes demand respect and dignity, making them perfect candidates to create final remembrances of a lifetime's worth of memories. An upright headstone can create a beautiful and distinctive tribute to a lost loved one, that can be visited for generations to come.

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