Burial trends and customs are ever changing, and what was popular 10, 25, or 100 years ago isn’t necessarily commonplace today. One example is the use of monumental statues to mark grave sites. This used to be much more common than it is now; in today’s world, there is more and more focus on being buried with a small footprint, whether that’s through interment in an urn garden or the marking of burial sites with compact, modest headstones.
For those who do desire a monument for themselves or their loved ones, however, there are still plenty of options. Monumental grave markers are made in granite, marble, or other materials, and in most cases you’ll find them in special burial sites called monumental cemeteries.
If this is something you’re interested in, the first step is to call your local funeral director and see what local options exist. Public and some private cemeteries may not allow for monuments, simply due to space limitations, but your funeral director can help you find a place that will accommodate.
Something else to note is that, for those who wish to honor their loved one but don’t necessarily want a statue, there are many choices for elegant and ornate headstones and grave markers - all of which can be customized to align with your loved one’s final wishes.
Though large statues are not as common as they used to be, they are still a perfectly respectable option - one of several good ways to show honor to a deceased loved one. To learn more, contact your local funeral director today.