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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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All Articles about Headstones & gravestones

Complete Guide to 16 Popular Headstone Shapes

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

7 Types of Temporary Grave Markers (and Their Prices)

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How to Safely Clean a Granite Headstone

By Minda Powers-Douglas, BA in English

21 Top Solar-Powered Grave & Cemetery Lights

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

18 Best Types of Cemetery Flower Holders

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

Where’s Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave Located?

By Minda Powers-Douglas, BA in English

Gravestone or Cemetery Symbols & Their Meanings

By Minda Powers-Douglas, BA in English

Where Is Helen Keller’s Grave Located?

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

How to Apply for & Order a VA Headstone

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

30 Famous Graves & Memorials Across the US

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What are Common Graves & Why Do They Exist?

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

Headstone Unveiling in Jewish Mourning: A Guide

By Sam Tetrault, BA in English

30+ Creative Grave & Cemetery Decoration Ideas

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education

What’s a Grave Blanket Used For?

By Kate Wight, BA in English

How to Properly Clean a Headstone in 8 Steps

By Belinda McLeod, BA in Secondary Education