Understanding Memorial Terms

These are the most common tops. Other styles are available upon request.

Sandblast sunk and V-sunk are the most common lettering styles.
Outline lettering is most common with last names.
Raised letters are rarely used and are more typical for older monuments dating from the early 1900's and before.

Ledgers cover the entire grave. 
(Some cemeteries have restrictions.)


Benches come in a wide array of styles and shapes.

Both Urns and Vases are available in a wide array of shapes.

original published by the Barre Granite Association, Barre, Vermont