Outdoor Memorials and Memorial Markers

About Outdoor Memorials and Memorial Markers

From traditional grave markers to outdoor memorial plaques and stones, outdoor memorial markers are a lovely way to pay tribute to a deceased loved one or pet in a peaceful, natural setting.

Since ancient times, family members have used markers to identify the burial plots of their loved ones. Over the centuries, grave markers evolved from primitive piles of rock to today's beautifully crafted custom outdoor memorial plaques of stone, granite, bronze, or marble.

The growing popularity of cremations in recent years has led to a corresponding reduction in the number of in-ground burials. Although the practical need for grave markers has declined, the natural human desire for a special place to commemorate the dead – a physical location where one can pay tribute to a friend, family member, or pet who has died – endures. Outdoor memorial plaques and other memorial markers can be a wonderful way to do this.

Perfect Memorials offers a variety of outdoor memorials to suit any taste and fit any budget. Following are some examples.

Garden Memorials

Our garden stone memorials are beautiful works of art designed to enhance any garden or outdoor setting.

  • Custom engraved memorial stones. Black marble, bluestone, or whitestone memorial stones in assorted shapes and sizes can be custom engraved with your personal inscription. Choose from a script, block, or decorative font for these memorial garden plaques; depending on size, each stone will accommodate from 4 to 6 lines of text with 18 characters per line.

  • Memorial stone cremation urns. These combination urns and memorials stones make handsome garden monuments. Each comes with standard engraving; to personalize, choose stones that include custom-engravable marble or bronze outdoor memorial plaques.

  • Garden accent stones. Engraved with popular quotations about grief or words of comfort, these stones add points of contemplation and reflection to your favorite natural setting.

Granite Burial Markers

Our burial markers are outdoor memorial plaques made of polished black granite and custom-etched by expert craftsmen using the latest laser technology to produce imagery and text with the highest quality and clarity and exceptional detail. Burial markers may be engraved with standard images and text, or you can specify custom engraving.

Some of our burial markers are suitable for portrait etching. Just send your original color or black-and-white photo. We will send a draft of the layout for your approval and then return your original photo along with the finished marker. We can also modify the image upon request.

Photo Plaques

Made of durable ceramic, photo plaques are ideal for placement on headstones, memorial walls, or outdoor memorial plaques. You send us a photo of your choosing and the image will be fired onto a ceramic plaque at very high temperatures. This allows the plaque to achieve a beautiful finish, and it won't fade, deteriorate, or break. An adhesive and instructions for attaching the photo plaque to a marker will be included with your order.

Sympathy Wind Chimes

Made from pewter and often including stained glass accents, sympathy wind chimes can typically be custom engraved with several lines of text. Wind chimes make lovely additions to any memorial garden or natural setting because listening to their gentle tones evokes peaceful feelings.

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How to select the right size urn

Enter in an approximate weight of your loved one before cremation and we will tell you the size needed.

Choosing the right size urn

Try finding an urn with our easy cremation urn finder.

Choosing the right size urn is easy. For every one pound before cremation you will need 1 cubic inch of volume. For example, a loved one weighing 200 pounds will need an urn that is at least 200 cubic inches or larger. Choosing an urn larger then you need is OK.