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Gravestone! A Religious or Emotional Tribute?

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In different religions like Islam, Christianity, and Jewism it is a common practice to deploy headstone or gravestone  as part of burial on the graves. They usually contain the name, date of birth and death of the deceased having some religious message. Other writings or additions are also possible depending on different beliefs and societal circumstances like in some parts of the world; picture of the deceased is also engraved on it as a memory. In some places, people get the stones of their own choice while they are alive to show their wealthy or religious strength.

Headstones can be made by different kinds of stones like granite, marble and sandstone although field stones were also used some hundred years ago. However, granite and marble are commonly used these days because carving can be done easily on them. These stones are usually upright slabs with a semi-circular, rounded or flat top but dozens of forms are followed by believers of different religions across the world to use decoration of headstones to address a specific faith. Similarly, they may contain verses from the Holy Quran or Bible depending on the religion followed by deceased. In addition to these stones on the graves, Memorial plaques are used by some religions to honour the loved ones which they have lost in different parts of the world. These plaques are not necessarily to be used on the graves only but they can also be used for historical events taking place for example inauguration of a public project by the government, in the memory of a great scientist in a university’s laboratory or at places of unfortunate events causing a massacre of a number of people for paying a tribute to them for example a recent shot incident in New Zealand causing a massacre of almost 50 people. These gravestones and plaques are a great way to keep alive the memories of the deceased people for the upcoming generations because one might feel great while knowing about the details of his grandparents for whom he never had met in his life or one may feel proud by having the name of his father on a historical plaque who had sacrificed his life for the sake of humanity. Therefore, apart from religious formalities and mergings, the gravestone can also have a strong emotional role in people’s lives in relation to them and their departed loved ones.