Granite Grave Markers by Pre-Arrangement or For At-Need
R.H. Kelly & Son - Hastings, PA
Flat, Beveled, Upright, or Slanted Marker? The Choice is Yours
Complimentary Veteran Memorials: We Can Help with the Paperwork
If your departed loved one served in the military, it is possible he or she can receive a complimentary memorial. The Department of Veteran Affairs provides, upon request and free of charge, a government headstone or marker for any deceased, eligible veteran. Additionally, a medallion may be available for affixation to a privately purchased memorial. Spouses and dependents are often ineligible for a government-furnished memorials. The exception to this rule is burial in a national cemetery, state veterans’ cemetery, or military post/base cemetery. Stop by our Hastings, PA, location for help with your VA paperwork.
Cemetery Work, Pet Markers, and Vases are Also Available
Vases • Cemetery Work • Foundation Work
The Evolution of Grave Markers and Memorials Throughout History
Historically, using stones to mark graves dates back to between 3000 and 4000 BCE. At first, stone markers designated the boundaries of the grave. They also prevented the earth from resurfacing the body. Often, families dug burial plots close to their homes. Large boulders or piles of stones were usually used to form them. Surface etchings indicated details of the deceased, including the person’s name, as well as their age at and date of death.
The type of element used to create grave markers has changed significantly throughout history. In North America, during the mid-to-late 1800s, wooden headstones marked the graves of Civil War soldiers. Over time, more durable material replaced wood, as wood proved to be less reliable over time.
Marble was a popular choice because of its delicate, aesthetic appeal. Because the stone is soft, however, marble was ultimately found not as ideal for marking graves. When exposed to weather, marble quickly wears away, including any inscribed information.
Granite Memorials: Formed by Nature, Sculpted by Craftsmen to Last
Granite is a naturally occurring stone, formed for several millennia under intense pressure. Found under the Earth’s crust, magma or lava cools, then solidifies to create this mineral. Granite was a popular stone during the Victorian period and continues to be so today.
One reason for granite’s popularity is because of the variety of colors and crystalline textures. Another reason stems from its durability. Granite is able to withstand the elements of nature. From temperature extremes to acid rain pollution, it is unique because of its heft. Granite also has no salvage value, so granite memorials are not often stolen for profit. Furthermore, the stone resists most vandalism. Finally, granite requires minimal maintenance.