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memorial monuments, mausoleums, cemetery memorials The family business quickly flourished and a second location, Tully Memorials in East Hanover was purchased. Then, a third, McHugh Memorials also in East Hanover, followed by a fourth in Westfield, NJ.
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Articles :: Headstone Designs

Headstone Designs

Headstones have been around ever since humans first began to mark the site of a loved one's burial. These monuments exist for reasons both religious and sentimental. The choice in stone markers prior to the beginning of burial as a traditional practice consisted of whatever fieldstones one could find lying nearby. Fortunately, choices in headstone design have improved since then. Today, choosing or customizing a headstone can be a process full of interesting and valuable choices, personally commemorating the departed.


The most popular material for a headstone is granite because of the durability combined with an affordable cost. Cemeteries may require stones to be in a specific position or shape to facilitate grass-cutting by hand or machine, or have height regulations. Otherwise, there are many choices for headstone design, including size, shape, design details, words, lettering, and imagery, such as photograph images, carvings, or etchings. Headstone designs can be made either with traditional masonry, or by the newer technology of laser cutting.


For the art lover, it is completely appropriate to have a cemetery statue in honor of them at their gravesite. Even if the deceased is not a prominent member of your town's community, there is no better way to pay homage to your loved one than with something that they would cherish and appreciate. These statues do not have to be the large life-sized memorials that you sometimes see for political and community figures, but something more discreet, such as a vase or small angelic figure to always stand watch at the gravesite. Everybody has someone that will miss them after they pass on, so why should only certain people get to express how they feel or pay their respects to their loved ones through a cemetery statue?


The most traditional headstone shape is a rectangle block that stands upright. There are plaque shapes as well, which lie flat on the ground, but can be the same shape and contain the same words, designs, and images as traditional upright headstones. There are many shapes of headstone from which to choose, some common themes being heart shaped, oval or round on top, or with fancy corners similar to the end corners of Greek columns. Some more uncommon shapes have been shapes of things that commemorate the person's work, such as a tree stump, a millstone, or a semi-truck. There are an endless variety of shapes for gravestones, left only to one's imagination and the limits of the carvers and their tools.


The minimal lettering to be carved would be the name of the deceased and the dates of birth and death. Many stylistic depictions of gravestones simply say RIP for "Rest in Peace," as this has been a simple and oft-used epitaph throughout earlier ages. It is not uncommon for the inscription to include a reference to the deceased person's religious beliefs. Sometimes they contain a sense of humor, such as the one that read, "Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up and no place to go."


The images carved on gravestones can vary widely. Some are merely decorative. Things such as roses or other flowers, birds, or decorative patterns around the edges or corners are common. Many images depict the person's interests, talents, hobbies or work. Popular images for children's headstones are angels, animals, birds, or flowers. Symbolism for the person's religion or spirituality is also common, such as hands praying, Stars of David, crosses, circles, or doves. Ceramic photographs of the deceased are used when one wants to depict an actual photographic image on the headstone. The ceramic is weatherproof and provides years of quality for the personal image of a loved one.






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