Infant Grave Markers: A Pathway to Remembrance
of an Angel
The loss of a child is a life shattering experience.
Little can prepare you for the emotional trauma suffered in such
circumstances or for the physical and mental pain of adjustment
in the aftermath. 'Letting go' after death is often the most challenging
situation you will ever face. Many people in this position find
that an infant
grave marker can serve as a starting point from which solace
can be attained.
Types of Infant Grave Markers
Infant grave markers, also known as baby
grave markers are available in several styles, each one having its
Bronze Infant Grave Markers
These baby grave markers are suitable for many
modern day memorial park type cemeteries. Bronze infant grave
markers consist of a bronze plaque mounted to a base of granite
and are designed to lay flat on the ground. Bronze is a rich memorial
material that serves as a canvass upon which imagery is cast in
relief form representing a sculptured appearance. Some models are
available with a bronze vase for the placement of flowers.
Granite Infant Grave Markers
Granite, being one of the hardest stones
in existence, makes an excellent choice for an infant grave marker
as its durability is unrivaled. Granite infant grave markers come
in a variety of styles and different granite colors. Among the
different styles there are:
Upright Infant Grave Markers -
in which the memorial consists of an upright granite tablet mounted
to a sturdy granite base.
Slant Infant Grave Markers - resemble
an upright tablet, but are slanted in a way that makes for easy
reading of the inscription.
Bevel Infant Grave Markers - designed
to set just on top of the ground these are very similar to the
flat infant grave markers except for the back end of the bevel
marker being slightly raised at an angle for water runoff.
Flat Infant Grave Markers - are
the most common since many of the modern day cemeteries and memorial
parks reserve 'Infant sections' that only allow a flat granite
or bronze infant grave marker. These are designed to lay on the
ground slightly submerged for a lawn level appearance.
Many cemeteries have in place rules governing
the types of grave markers allowed. Before making a choice, it
is best to consult with the cemetery to verify the memorial you
want will meet their requirements.
Design Options for Infant Grave Markers
There are many design ideas to consider when
creating an infant grave marker. Among them there are teddy bear
designs, lamb designs and the ever popular angel designs. Each
design can be personalized with the addition of a name, dates
and an epitaph.
This process allows you to customize the
infant grave marker to reflect the spirit of the precious child.
Typically the memorial is lettered with the infant's name and
dates. If the infant was a stillborn, the birth/death date is
traditionally represented as a single date on the memorial.
Emblems or symbols can be selected to
decorate the infant grave marker making it as unique as the child
it is for. Emblems and imagery are sometimes chosen for the symbolism
they represent, but in many cases a person chooses a design element
because they simply like it.
The death of a child is very difficult
to overcome. With an nfant grave marker, the bereaved often find
comfort in mourning, as well as a pathway to remembrance in later
years. In the meantime, may an infant grave marker or headstone
provide you with an icon of stability in what is a turbulent and