Material Options For Funeral Headstones And Grave Markers

When you lose someone close to you, you will want to provide their resting place with a suitable marker. Headstones and grave markers come in a variety of materials and styles and you should spend some time researching the choices. As you and many others will want to view this when paying respects, make sure you choose the right one. The materials that can be used include the following:

  • Granite
  • Bronze
  • Marble
  • Sandstone
  • Iron
  • Slate
  • Wood


This is one of the most popular materials for funeral headstones and grave markers. It comes in a range of shades and is very strong, meaning that there can be some beautiful designs cut into it. Future generations will still be able to read the inscription that was put on.


The use of bronze goes back for centuries and has been popular, as little has to be done to maintain this material. Bronze is also less expensive than other materials; so, it will make an ideal choice if the marker is being purchased while on a budget.


If you want an ornate design on the headstone, then this is the material to choose. The problem is that, over time, it can be damaged by the acid that is in rainwater. It may look good at first, but knowing that the inscription will not last puts many off from choosing this for their headstones and grave markers.


This is the choice for some due to the range of colors available. Headstones can be a sandy color while others can be grey. In dry climates, they will be ideal, but if they are going to be in wet climates, they will not be as durable as other materials.


With iron, it will be possible to read the inscription for generations to come. It is likely that this type of headstone will require the services of a blacksmith to construct.


Slate is not as popular as it used to be, but can be carved easily and looks even better with gilding. However, it lost its popularity due to the fact that it crumbles easily.


Again, this is a case of style over substance. It will look good once set in place, but is unlikely to be still standing 100 years later.

It will be up to you which material you choose. However, it is likely that you will want the inscription to be visible for future generations. It could come down to price, and if that's the case, granite will likely be your best option for both durability and price. For more information, feel free to reach out to a supplier, such as Maurice Moore Memorials.