Unique, Personalized Ideas For Memorial Grave Markers

Many memorial grave markers simply list the deceased's name, dates of birth and death, and perhaps a few short phrases like "loving mother and devoted spouse." While this is certainly an acceptable way to memorialize a loved one, it's not your only option. If you're looking for ways to be more creative with the design of your loved one's grave marker, here are some ideas to get you started.

Song Lyrics

Was there a song that your loved one was always humming? Maybe he or she had a wedding song that was always played at anniversary parties, or a classic piano tune that was always played on Christmas. Including a short excerpt from the lyrics of that song on the grave maker is a good way to carry on that tradition.

Of course, you could also choose lyrics that remind you (and other friends or family members) or the deceased. For example, perhaps he was a rodeo cowboy and the song "Amarillo By Morning" by George Strait reminds you of him. You could have the lyrics "Well I'll be looking for eight when they pull that gate, And I'm hoping that judge ain't blind" printed on the stone.

A Special Symbol

Was your loved one a part of any special organizations or societies? You could have the emblem or symbol of that society engraved on the grave marker. Of course, you could also choose a symbol that simply depicts your loved one's general interests. For example, if they were a florist, you could have some flowers engraved on the stone. If they loved dogs, you could have a picture of their favorite dog breed included.

A Poem

If you have a way with words, you could write your own poem in memory of the deceased and have it added to the grave marker. Remember that poems don't have to rhyme. A few meaningful lines put together is a poem if you choose to call it such. The words you say and their meaning is more important than meeting any style guidelines in this case!

A List of Life Positions

Often, grave markers abbreviate a person's position in life. For instance, they might say "devoted mother," when really the deceased was much more than that. She was a daughter, a spouse, a mother, a teacher, a dedicated piano player, a writer, a baker, and so forth. Listing various attributes and accomplishments of the deceased is a good way to ensure he or she is more fully represented on the grave marker.

For more ideas and for help choosing an appropriate grave marker, contact a company like An Thiel Monuments.