Monuments and Memorials : What are typical monument styles?
||With today's technology, a memorial artist can create a variety of monument styles, shapes and sizes.
1. Flush markers - these are placed flush with the ground
2. Bevel markers - these are not very high above the ground, with the back of the stone being a few inches higher than the front.
3. Slant markers - these stand typically 16 or so inches above the ground with the back of the stone straight vertical, and the front sloping at about a 45 degree angle.
4. Traditional upright monument - these are typically a two piece memorial consisting of the monument and a base that it is attached to, or a one piece monument (called a monolith) with a portion of it buried into the ground.
5. Ledgers - these are flat to the ground memorials, which cover the entire individual's grave.
6. Garden memorials - these memorials can range from benches to urns to sundials to almost anything you could imagine.
Information from the New York State Monument Builder's Association
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