From time immemorial, families have preserved their loved one’s memory with a personalized headstone or monument, engraved with designs or an epitaph that serves as a simple and concise representation of their life. The earliest gravestones are said to date back to roughly 3,000-4,000 B.C., when graves were literally covered with an entire stone.
Over the centuries, the term “gravestone” has fallen out of use. At Black Monument we prefer to use the word “monument,” which is derived from the Latin monumentum, which means “memorial.” A monument, whether large or small, is a symbolic way to memorialize the life of your loved one.
The Black family has been committed to providing elegant and personal monuments for our clients since the turn of the century. Our headstones are made of high-quality materials, such as granite and bronze, and can withstand outdoor elements.
Most of us have encountered very old monuments in cemeteries throughout West Michigan. Headstones can become so weathered that they appear to be eroding.
Protection and Preservation
You’ve likely noticed some common elements of weathering that occur in sandstone, limestone, and marble. Monuments made of very soft materials are less likely to withstand the weather conditions common in our region.
Despite the temptation to use a stone sealer, it is inadvisable to use any type of product with a protective coating, as this will only lead to further deterioration and discoloring.
Planters, Urns and Vases
First, make sure drainage holes are clear for water to drain out. Second, if the floral vase is not in use, we highly recommend turning it over or turning it down so that water does not freeze in it over the winter months.
Our expert team can help you pick the best materials to withstand the test of time and weather. We can also help you with any questions about preserving your loved one’s memorial. Reach out to a team member today to learn more.