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A Brief Guide to Different Types of Headstones

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

It can be difficult to choose the right headstone for your loved one as it is made to last and will memorialise them for years to come. From selecting the finish to choosing the engravings, it can be stressful and hard not to get bogged down with the details. But, where do you start when choosing a type? In this blog, we explore the different types of headstones to help you with your decision


The most traditional of all the designs, upright headstones are usually what people think of when talking about graves and headstones. Made from either granite, marble or limestone, these headstones are fixed to the ground with a concrete base. Typically, they measure in at 2’6” high x 2’0” wide x 3” thickness. Along the main upright surface, a name, any inscriptions or messages and images of your choice can be engraved.


Also referred to as flat tablets or markers, a flat headstone is fixed flat onto the ground, either flush to it or raised on a slant. If raised, these can be known as raised-top markers or bevel markers. These are usually made from either limestone or granite, but they can come in a variety of materials along with colours, finishes, sizes and with different engravings.


Arguably the most expensive of all the different types of headstones but with the most potential for personalisation, a kerbed headstone is a full length headstone that lies flat on the ground. Similar to how a bed with a head-board looks, the floor section is raised off the ground slightly and the end will usually feature an upright headstone. The middle section can be filled with stone, feature potted plants or anything you’d like, and the upright section can be customised however you’d wish.

Cremation memorials

Similarly to an upright headstone, cremation memorial can be supplied and incised in respect of a loved one. The cremated remains are buried underneath the memorial.

Cremation benches

A cremation bench is used instead of a headstone; it is a block that doesn’t require a concrete base and can be engraved upon. These are usually used for the remains of more than one person (up to six people), so are suitable for a family grave.

If you’re looking for a high-quality headstone with professional engravings and masonry in Lincolnshire, contact William Kent Memorials. With over 200 years of monumental masonry experience, you can rely on our expert services to ensure the right headstone for your loved one - get in touch for advice or to request a brochure today.

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