Upright Headstones

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The loss of a loved one is a deeply emotional experience, and commemorating their life with a lasting tribute is a significant part of the grieving process. Among the many ways to memorialize a loved one, an upright headstone stands as a tall and visible symbol of their life, love, and legacy.

Short Summary

  • Upright headstones are a popular memorial option due to their durability, variety of styles and ability to be read from afar.

  • Customizing upright headstones with meaningful imagery, fonts and inscriptions is essential in creating a personal tribute.

Understanding Upright Headstones

An upright headstone, as the name suggests, is a tall memorial marker typically made of a durable material like granite. Unlike flat or grass-level markers, upright headstones can be easily seen and read from a distance, making them a popular choice in cemeteries worldwide. These headstones come in various styles, shapes, and sizes, offering families a wide range of options to create the perfect tribute for their loved ones.


An upright headstone typically consists of two main components: the base and the die. The base is the horizontal element that rests directly on the ground, providing a stable foundation for the die. The die, on the other hand, is the vertical portion of the marker, which is where the name, dates, and other personal information are inscribed.

Materials Used

Upright headstones are typically crafted from materials such as granite. Granite is particularly favored for its durability, beauty, and vast array of color options. This hard stone is an ideal choice for upright headstones that withstand the test of time.

Symbolism and Imagery

Upright headstones carry a certain symbolism, representing the concept of remaining upright and being remembered. They also reflect traditional and formal burial customs. Specific symbols and imagery on these headstones can have deeper meanings, such as a hand pointing upward or a dove, signifying hope, peace, and purity.

Incorporating meaningful imagery into an upright headstone design adds a layer of depth and personal connection to the memorial. Common symbols like hands pointing upward, doves and flowers can provide comfort and solace to those who visit the grave, reminding them of the values and character of their loved one.

Customizing Upright Headstones

Choosing the Right Design

Upright headstones come in various styles, such as single or double upright headstones, or a custom combination of bench and upright designs. These designs can be further customized in terms of size, material, and even shape. Of all of our headstone styles we offer, Uprights are by far the most customizable.

Selecting Fonts and Inscriptions

Inscriptions on an upright headstone serve as a lasting tribute to the deceased and can include their name, dates of birth and death, and a meaningful quote or phrase. When selecting a font for these inscriptions, consider the style of the monument, the size of the lettering, and the overall aesthetic. Legibility and readability should be prioritized, as well as the type of lettering that will be used, as this will affect the overall look of the monument.

Various fonts are available for upright headstones, including traditional Roman typefaces and fonts specifically designed for Celtic and Art Deco styles. The lettering can be achieved through laser engraving or sandblasting, offering further customization options.

Adding Personal Touches

Adding personal touches to an upright headstone helps create a unique and meaningful memorial. Unique symbols, custom carvings, and meaningful epitaphs can be included to reflect the life and values of the deceased.

Caring for Your Upright

Cleaning Techniques

Cleaning an upright headstone helps remove dirt, debris, and other contaminants that may cause deterioration over time. To clean a headstone, use a soft brush and mild soap, such as Dawn, and work your way up from the bottom to minimize streaking.

Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning granite, as these can cause damage to the surface and reduce its lifespan.

Preventing Damage

To prevent damage to your upright headstone, ensure it is installed correctly on a level base and secured with a concrete mix. Additionally, use gentle cleaning methods and avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive materials to prevent damage during cleaning.

Routine inspections of the headstone can also help identify any signs of damage or wear, allowing you to address potential issues before they become more significant.

Repair and Restoration

If your upright headstone becomes damaged, it’s essential to address the issue promptly. Repair and restoration methods may include using clear epoxy resin to glue broken pieces together, applying mortar to fill cracks and gaps, or applying a concrete sealer and weatherproofing spray. While ou may want to do these repairs yourself, each cemetery will likely want you to consult with a Upright Headstones Specialist to get them completed to standard.

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