In the beginning . . .
In the past, many materials have been used for memorials. Historically, it has been a matter of what was available or affordable; a mound of rocks, a stick or slab of wood, concrete, metal, a tablet of stone.
In the cemeteries we are familiar with today, we have seen memorials made of wood, fieldstone, concrete, masonry, soft marble, limestone, hard marble, various metals -cast and fabricated, and even laminated glass. All have shown signs of weathering or deterioration. Only the granite monuments have weathered more than 100 years without decaying. To the right is a photo of a cross made of concrete.