Granite Benches: An Alternative to Traditional Monuments

For those who are looking for a modern, innovative way to memorialize a loved one who has passed on, there’s nothing quite like a granite bench. When you think about someone visiting a cemetery, you might picture a scene from a movie. A character is standing near a gravestone or sitting on the ground to the side of it. The person is grieving their lost loved one or talking to them by being close to their final resting place.

If things continue as they are now, you might see that same character instead sitting on a granite bench. Granite benches for a cemetery are becoming more popular as time goes on. Over the last 15 years or so, more and more people are moving away from the traditional headstone to choose a modern commemorative bench. There are many reasons for that.

Sheer Variety of Design

With a granite bench, you can choose nearly any color you like and incorporate many different designs. Many of those who have lost a loved one choose to have inscriptions added to the bench that speak to the hobbies and interests of the person who has passed away. Not every bench even looks the same regarding built. There are typical straight benches, but half-moon designs and differing lengths are common to find with this type of memorial.

One of the suggestions we’d like to provide, if you do choose granite benches for a cemetery, is to choose a polished granite. This is because unfinished granite can absorb anything that touches it. If it’s polished, it takes nothing but a squirt of window cleaning to get it back to its former glory.

Sharing Information

Another of the advantages of these benches is that there is more space to share thoughts and feelings about the individual being remembered. Inscriptions are common, but you can also add names, dates, or even significant artwork. The extra space is a real advantage if you want to truly memorialize someone by showing their personality, achievements, and friendships in a way that visitors will enjoy.

Another innovative feature with some of these granite benches is the inclusion of hollow legs. Those who prefer cremation, rather than burial, may have their ashes contained in the legs of the bench for safe keeping.

At Etched Impressions, we offer all sorts of plaques, benches, and headstones to remember your loved ones. If you would like to talk about your options, you can reach us at 904-693-1720.

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