Headstones have been used throughout the ages to commemorate our loved ones who have passed away. When we visit their gravesite we view the headstone as a tribute to their memory. The purpose of headstones has evolved over the years. Once used only to identify the deceased with name and date of death and, if known, date of birth, they now depict the deceased’s personality, religious preference, military accomplishments, personal achievements and more. They are an expression of appreciation in addition to commemoration. Headstones may also be a source of family history that may not be available elsewhere. Regardless of the type of burial (cremation or casket burial) headstones remain the visible means of identifying the location of the deceased as well as a reflection upon their life. The materials used to make headstones has also evolved. Marble, sandstone and wood were some of the materials used at various times in history. However, they did not stand the test of time. If you see these types of headstones in old cemeteries you will notice considerable decay and disintregration. Large upright monuments, sculptures and mausoleums were also popular in the past. Their use is restricted now due to safety issues. Currently headstones are made of either bronze or granite and sometimes a combination of both. They are preferred for their durability as well as beauty. Some cemeteries allow a bronze plaque affixed to a granite marker or monument. Some cemeteries also allow low profile upright monuments in place of the traditional flat to the ground marker. American Headstone provides your family with a beautiful lasting tribute to your loved one in either granite or bronze or a combination of both, depending upon the regulations of the cemetery. You may choose from their extensive selection of artwork or work with them to create a custom design. The options are endless.