Burying your loved one is a normal process, and so is creating a unique gravestone. While marking burial sites has been happening since time immemorial, knowing what is involved in the process is equally important. Here are some interesting facts about gravestones you probably didn’t know:
1. Your local authority dictates how long you own a grave
Imagine you’ve lost a loved one, and you’ve decided to lease a plot in your local area for their burial. Suddenly you realize that your lease needs renewing. The local authority reserves the right to grant your lease as long as you keep renewing it. If you’re unable to do so, the local authority might reclaim the gravestone as soon as it expires.
2. The type of gravestone reveals the deceased wealth status
Under normal circumstances, gravestones are made from limestone, granite, marble stone, wood, or even slate. Anyone in a royal or wealthy status gets a gravestone made from marble or granite. People with average economic status go for gravestones made from wood, sandstone or wood.
3. Symbols depict the deceased person’s character
The deceased family members may put symbols on gravestones to depict their character. For example, a weeping angel portrays premature death. Most probably, the dead person died while young. In a case where there’s a “Fleur de-Lis” sign, there’s a good chance that the deceased was a mother. Every gravestone with a pictorial sign is symbolic.
Gravestones date back in history. Whether you decide to bury or cremate your loved one, knowing the hidden facts is important. When customizing a gravesite, ensure it abides by your local authority’s legal framework. The last thing you want is to witness the exhumation of your loved one’s remains for failure to obey the laws regarding gravestone customization.