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Headstones & gravestones

A headstone or gravestone is a slab of stone that rests at the head of a grave. This is usually inscribed with information about the deceased, marking their grave.

Headstone maintenance

If you've ever seen an old cemetery, you know that nature takes its toll on the graves after a while. Headstone maintenance is the practice of cleaning graves, replacing gravel chippings, trimming weeds, and delivering fresh flowers for graves. These services are often done by groundcrew at the cemetery, but they can also be an act of care from the family of the deceased. In many cultures, grave cleaning is an important way to show respect and honor lost loved ones.

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Types of headstones & grave markers

Headstones or gravestones are a type of cemetery monument that rest at the head of the grave, marking a burial site. While you likely have an idea of what headstones are, you likely don't realize that they come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. The most common types of these cemetery monuments are either upright monuments or flat, flush markers on the ground.

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67 Ideas for Short Headstone Sayings & Quotes for Mothers

By Amy Wolkenhauer, BA in English/Creative Writing

60+ Ideas for Headstone Quotes & Sayings

By Amy Wolkenhauer, BA in English/Creative Writing

A Guide to Etiquette for Grave Flowers, Wreaths & Other Objects

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

9 Different Types of Grave Markers & Their Costs

By Cassie Barthuly, BA in English

50 Funny Tombstone Message & Inscription Ideas

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

20 Short Epitaph Examples for Loved Ones

By Kate Wight, BA in English

15 Unique Headstone & Inscription Ideas

By Kate Wight, BA in English

21 Short Bible Verses for Headstones or Memorial Plaques

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

21 Short Headstone Epitaph Ideas for Parents

By Kate Wight, BA in English

35 Headstone Design Ideas for Adults, Couples & Kids

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Digital Tombstones Explained: Origin, Cost & Allure

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

Why Do Some Graves Face East or West? 8 Reasons Why

By Sherrie Johnson, BA in Liberal Studies

12 Popular Cremation Monument & Headstone Types Explained

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Pet Headstones: Cost, Types & Where to Buy

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

15 Simple Grave Decoration Ideas for Mom or Grandma

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

6 Best Types of Long-Lasting, Artificial Flowers for Graves

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education