last updated 18 Apr 2019

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Standard sizes:
A standard size for a single grave is 24" by 12" (or 24" x 14"), although 28" by 16" is used for more elaborate single headstones or double depth graves where 2 names need to be inscribed on one headstone. For a companion grave marker that sits centered over 2 side by side graves, the typical dimensions are 36" by 18" or 44" by 14".

The headstone my Aunt and Uncle got in the Davis Cemetery is "37" x "22", which is roughly a golden rectangle (see below) which is more pleasing.

Golden Rectangle:
The Golden rectangle has been known since antiquity as one having a pleasing shape, and is frequently found in art and architecture as a rectangular shape .

A golden rectangle has the property that if you take out a square you are left with a rectangle with the same aspect ratio (1.618 to 1 [ or ф phi]) .

Some headstones conform to the golden rectangle proportions.

Types of Headstones Headstones come in a number of styles, including:
Stones Permitted Granite is by far the best choice and is the stone that we offer to our lot owners. It is a very versatile hardy stone that comes in various shades of grey, red, pink, green, blue, white and black. Large boulder quartz and fieldstones are also allowed. Due to deterioration problems, slate and marble stones are prohibited.

Facing East:
Some people will say the headstone should be facing east.
That came from a Christian Tradition which says,
" The grave will be situated with the head of the individual to the west and their feet will be to the east. If they were to be stood up while in the grave, they would be looking and facing east. It comes from the Bible Matt. 24:27. "The Lord Jesus is to come from the East and as such we are to be placed so as to be waiting for Him and His return."

Others say dead should be buried facing east in order to face the "rising sun" and "the new day.

General guidelines say the headstone will be placed at the head of the individual interred and should be read looking from the feet toward the head. So that's where the headstone facing east comes from.

None of this is not important now since most people are being cremated.

Guide to choosing a Grave Marker or Headstone for a cemetery plot |
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Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes & Cremation Services | Tampa, FL
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