When it comes to memorials, you have plenty of options. From the material it’s made from to the shape, size and engravings, there are enough variables that no two monuments ever have to look the same. One type of feature you can add to a grave plot is coping, or a “frame” around the plot itself.
Grave plot coping in Walterboro, SC has been around for many years, although not all cemeteries allow it—especially if they prefer a more uniform look. If you’d like to install coping around a grave plot, be sure to talk to the cemetery director before proceeding.
What is grave plot coping?
The point of coping is to visually delineate the boundaries around a plot. This type of frame is installed low to the ground, and it can be filled with gravel or you can leave the grass as-is.
Coping can be made out of many different materials, but granite is the most durable and affordable. The coping can be single or double width, making it suitable for family plots as well.
If you’re not sure whether you want to install coping right away, don’t worry—as long as the cemetery allows it, you can install grave plot coping years after the original headstone is installed. Your coping company will do their best to match the granite exactly, or offer you an attractive complementary or contrasting color. You may also choose to install coping after multiple family burials in order to visually “group” the family together.
People choose coping because it’s an attractive, attention-catching look. It also provides a sobering physical reminder of their loved ones’ final resting place. You might choose it if you’d like the grave to stand out and be easier to find, or perhaps emphasize the fact that a couple is buried together.
Coping may also prevent people from walking over the grave itself—whether you have religious views that make this desirable or you just can’t bear the thought of someone standing “on” the person, this can be a comfort.
Other memorial options
If your cemetery in Walterboro, SC doesn’t permit coping for a plot, or if it’s not quite right for you, there are plenty of other options to make a memorial stand out. Some people choose to install headstones that have built-in or secondary vases for flowers, offering family members an easy way to leave tributes. Others opt for meaningful quotes, photos or even family mottos.
Choosing a memorial monument is an emotional and often difficult process. If you’re not sure which options will work for your budget, be sure to call Steedley Monument Works for assistance and a quote. We can help you determine what kind of headstone would suit your loved one, how much it will cost and what you can engrave on the face. Although losing a loved one is never easy, we pride ourselves on making high-quality memorials so they’ll always be remembered. In addition to monuments and coping, we also offer cremation urns. Call us today to learn more.