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Classic vs. New Age Memorial Monuments
Choosing a memorial monument for yourself is never an easy decision. Deciding on what someone else's memorial will look like can be even more difficult. Although it will not be an easy thing to face, choosing a momument is an inevitable choice that everyone must make sooner or later.
Among the regular choices like size, colour and the materials used, you should also be ready to decide if you want a classic or a new age memorial monument. Many of the people who are dealing with death are not even aware that they have a choice. Classic monuments seems to be the first choice but we need to be aware that times are always changing and new concepts of today are often the classics of tomorrow.
Classic memorial monuments typically have simple gothic-styled designs with little more than a carving or engraving. Some will have statues carved in an old world artistic style. New age memorial monuments may have a slanted shape and often feature more intricate designs. Some may even have more interesting shapes than the monuments that you are used to seeing. With modern artwork and engraving techniques, it is much easier to make an appealing and beautiful memorial for you or your loved ones to be laid to rest beneath.
Many people are under the impression that a new age design for a memorial monument might appear tacky or quickly become passe. Some might even find it disrespectful. But the memorial monuments we used in the past were also new concepts at one time. People are often changing and those changes are usually for the better. If you don't know whether you want a classic or a modern design for your memorial monument, here are some things to consider.
Who will be using this monument? If it is for yourself, then you are probably thinking about how people will view you as a person when they see your monument. If it is for someone else you may be concerned with their wishes and doing justice to the departed.
Are they old fashioned? If the person is an old fashioned type they would likely have wanted to have a classic styled and old fashioned memorial. If you are uncertain you could talk to some of the people in their life and ask what they might have wanted.
Are they a modern person? If the person is someone who prided themselves on being with the times and up-to-date on things, they may be happy to have a memorial monument that represents their cutting edge style.
Which types of designs speak to you? No matter what category the design of a monument falls into, all that matters in the end is that you like it and you are comfortable with it. It could be a double monument, it may be a large statue, it could even be a simple flush or slant grave marker. If you see a design that you like, does it really matter if it is a classic or modern style monument?