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What’s the Difference Between Headstones and Grave Markers?

August 12, 2022

The loss of a loved one is something that no one ever wants to deal with but that we will all sadly see at some time or other. That being said, it can be difficult to know the difference when it comes to grave markers and headstones. We explain the differences below so you can choose the best option for your loved one. Grave Marker Vs Headstone A grave marker is a flat marker, often bronze, that is level against the ground and is often used to mark the grave until a new marker or a headstone can be placed. A headstone is... View Article

What Can You Put on a Grave While Waiting for the Headstone?

July 22, 2022

The people we love deserve to be honored when they pass away. More often than not, the process of honoring a deceased loved one and laying them to their final rest can take quite a bit of time. While going through that process, you may find yourself in a situation wherein the burial is completed before your loved one’s headstone is ready. All of a sudden, you now have a grave site with no marker present. What can you do in that scenario? Using a temporary grave marker is your best option. Continue with this article if you wish to... View Article

Why Do People Leave Coins on Headstones?

July 8, 2022

You may have noticed coins left on tombstones before and wondered what that is all about. It is natural that you would have some questions about this. We are the Phillipsburg Memorial Company, and we want you to know that there are some solemn reasons why people leave coins on headstones. It is important to respect the people who do this, and we will explain why.  Why Do People Leave Coins on Headstones?  There are specific reasons why people leave coins on headstones, and it is to symbolize their reason for visiting a specific tombstone. Those who visit military headstones... View Article

How To Repair a Broken Headstone

June 24, 2022

A headstone is more than just a marker for a grave — it is a way to remember and honor the life of a loved one. When a headstone becomes damaged, it can be heartbreaking. There are a few ways that you can repair a broken headstone. 1. Use a Clear Epoxy Resin If the headstone is made of granite, marble, or another stone, you must use a clear epoxy resin to glue the pieces back together. First, clean the surface of the headstone with a mild soap and water solution. Then, mix the epoxy resin according to the manufacturer’s... View Article

What Is Gravestone Resetting?

June 3, 2022

Resetting gravestones is the process of moving or repairing a headstone that has been damaged, toppled, or sunken into the ground. This is often done to preserve the stone or make it easier to read. There are many ways to reset a gravestone. The most common method is digging a trench around the stone and using levers to lift it out of the ground. The stone is then cleaned and reset in a new foundation. Gravestone Resetting Strategies It’s common for a groundskeeper or cemetery sexton to have a strategy for resetting gravestones. This might involve digging a series of... View Article