Monument Styles Available In Australian Cemeteries

Monument Styles Available In Australian Cemeteries

How we say goodbye to a loved one that has passed is not a moment, but many. Our feelings drift across a number of emotions, but at one point we must choose what to do with the departed. For burial, there are quite a few memorial options available in a cemetery.

Below is a general list of monuments that are usually available within a cemetery. Every cemetery (and sections within) will have their own set of rules about what you can and cannot do. If you already know the burial site of the deceased, it’s a good idea to ask a monumental mason or the cemetery staff about what is permitted within the section.

Full Monuments

A common feature in most cemeteries, the full monument is a grand choice when thinking of a memorial for your loved one. Often given a high headstone and slab over where a coffin rests below ground, the monument allows for ample messaging and ornamentation. Urns, vases, and photographs are a few of the popular options when a full monument is chosen at a memorial site. Crafted by your monumental mason, the full monument is most likely created from granite. This provides a low maintenance option that can withstand natural forces and can last for generations to come.

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Example of a double monument


Single & Double Monuments

Full monuments are most commonly available in single and double, however in some cemeteries there is the option of triple. As mentioned above, these monuments are made up of a headstone, slab, curbs, and a variety of ornaments. Headstone(s) are usually created out granite, but marble, bronze, and sandstone are also possible. Engraved with an inscription that includes the name of the departed, date of birth and death, with a short message, the single monument makes for a simple, classic way of adorning a memorial.

Lawn Burials

Sometimes set along a concrete surface, the lawn burial can be seen as a long row of memorials aligned with one another. Rather than a mix of gravestones, the lawn burial has a desk table, or similar variation, to give a streamlined feeling to the site. It can feature a plaque made from bronze or simple inscription on the headstone. The inscription includes basic details such as name, birth and death, along with a couple of lines for messaging.

Above Ground – Mausoleums

One of the most prolific buildings with a memorial, mausoleums typically rest within a scenic portion of the cemetery. Wide expanses of light pour into the space, reflecting polished rock walls that flank the hallway. Tombs are given inscriptions, typically the same as you would find on a traditional headstone. Depending on the mausoleum, a chapel could be found within it or form of religious space. This will depend on the backgrounds of those placed within the mausoleum itself.

Memorial Gardens

Remembering a loved one can often mean spending ample time within a cemetery. Someone who would like to be placed in the most beautiful space possible could find a memorial garden an ideal choice. Winding flowers, tall trees, and natural stone are often some of the components that you might see within a memorial garden. Pedestals, plaques, and walls with various types of gravestones are often placed in the garden, complementing the natural setting in an elegant, timeless way.

Natural Burials

For one of the most green options at a memorial site, the natural burial is the ideal choice. Based on allowing the loved one’s body to return to the earth, various companies have created coffins that work back into the earth over time. Traditional gravestones and memorial sites can be used in conjunction with the natural burial, offering a balance of modern ideas for those who seek to care for the environment in the most humbling way possible.