A Brief Article about Gravestones

  1. What is a gravestone

A gravestone is a marker of a deceased person’s grave. Gravestones are usually made from durable materials, such as granite or marble so that they survive for many years.
Gravestones are also known as memorial stones, headstones, grave markers and tombstones are used to signify the location of a deceased person’s burial site. Gravestones can vary in shape and size depending on the culture and religion practised by the family of the person who was buried there.
Some historically significant figures may have their personalised gravestone while others may be commemorated by inscriptions that describe who the deceased was.

  1. A history of gravestones

Gravestones have been used since the early days of civilization as a way of commemorating those who have passed on. In earlier years, they were made from rocks or wood with text written on them using chisels or paint. It was not until the 18th century that we started to see gravestones made from carved stone.
Gravestones give a person’s name and also show an image, usually of the face of the deceased person. Sometimes the date of birth and death of a person is shown too along with some other text regarding their life.

Some cultures and religions do not use gravestones to mark the location of a person’s burial site. Instead, they tend to bury the body in the ground with nothing on top of it to signify that there is a body buried underneath. Some people do make their gravestone, however. These are usually made using stone and usually show their name, the date of birth and death as well as an image or message to those who see it.

  1. Benefits of using a gravestone

They are used to commemorate the life of a person who has died, they can be used to show where a body is buried in the ground and they are also used as memorials for war heroes. (https://www.gravsteingrossisten.no/)

Gravestones are made from many different types of rock which helps to make them durable over time. The engraving on the gravestone means that people will always be able to see who is buried there. This can help ease the grief of people grieving for a lost loved one.

Gravestones are good for the environment because they do not require any other materials to be made.

People will always be able to see the gravesite, so there is no need for flowers or other things to be placed at the location of the body. (https://www.gravsteingrossisten.no/pages/gravstein-trondheim)

  1. Materials used to make a gravestone

Gravestones are usually made from either granite, marble, limestone or sandstone. These are all types of rocks that have been shaped into slabs that can be used for making gravestones. However, other types of rocks can be used to make gravestones too. This includes shale and slate which are also turned into slabs for this purpose. (https://www.gravsteingrossisten.no/pages/gravstein-oslo)

  1. The step-by-step process of making a gravestone

A lot of time goes into making gravestones. First, the rock must be selected and its shape cut out using a diamond wire blade. Then laser engraving can be used to make some detailed patterns on the gravestone, such as a family crest or an image of Jesus, for example. Then the lettering is added using equipment called a CNC router. Lastly, a sealant is applied to protect the stone from being damaged and the stone is polished.

Gravestones and memorials serve as reminders of the lives that we lead and epitomise how we remember those who have passed away. They offer comfort to those who visit them and provide a history surrounding the individual’s life.