Gravestone, Headstone, Tombstone, Grave Marker & Cemetery Facts

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There are many names for cemetery markers, such as gravestone and headstone, however the term tombstone is generally considered to be old-fashioned.

Placing the words BORN and DIED followed by the years, is also considered old-fashioned, and not used much these days.

Designs on headstones tend to match whatever technology is available at the time.  Early grave markers were all etched by hand by stone masons, however with advances in laser technology and sandblasting, it is possible to create intricate and beautiful designs such as photographs and portraits on gravestones.

Only 5% of the population purchases pre-need memorial markers, which means that 95% of the population leaves their memorial marker up to family to deal with at the time of death.  It is best to make sure that all details are taken care of while you are still alive.  Good intentions are not always seen through to the end, so don’t leave it to your family to deal with during their time of grief, and purchase a pre-need memorial marker.

It is impossible to know the exact number of cemeteries in the United States since there are large number of undocumented family cemeteries. There are around 3,141 counties in the United states. If every county had 100 cemeteries there would be well over 300,000 cemeteries, and the true answer is likely to be closer to half a million cemeteries.

 

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