A Gravestone, also known as tombstone or headstone, is a sculptural work/marker placed over a grave. It is used to commemorate a loved one who has passed away. In addition, it is popular in the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other religions assign that the deceased had been baptized.
A gravestone shows the deceased’s full name, date of birth, and date of death. In addition, some culture includes a personal message or prayer, a picture of art in memory of the deceased.
Gravestones are mostly placed facing east or west based on the deceased culture beliefs or deceased wish which they made while alive.
A gravestone is usually made using different materials such as:
It is one of the most beautiful natural stones. It is attractive since it’s made up entirely of crystals. It is strong and comes in different colors. It is durable and can last more than 100 years without weathering.
Marble is a natural soft rock that is easy to carve. It is pure white color, but after a decade, the white surface becomes stained, and inscriptions begin to erode. In addition, gravestones made with marble rock weather faster and broke quickly.
It is very durable and great for displaying inscriptions for a long time. It is, however, susceptible to lamination, which causes the layers to come apart.
It is a sedimentary rock that is made up of sand grains which has been compressed together to form a solid rock. Gravestones made from sandstone are easier to carve. Sandstones can last for a decade, even though they are not as strong as slate or granite.
It is one of the most popular and cheapest materials to use for a gravestone. It is widely available even though it can’t last for more than 50 years.
In conclusion, regardless of the material one uses, gravestones remain one of the best ways to perpetuate the memory of the deceased.