A cemetery’s rows of gravestones serve as reminders of those who have passed. Some of those reminders are simple – with the names of the deceased, dates of birth and death and perhaps a religious symbol. Others are far more elaborate – with images and designs that were meaningful in that person’s life.
Ron Cobb of Norman’s Memorials knows a lot about these fixtures of death. His family has been in the monuments and grave marker business for more than 100 years.
He says the craft has come a long way since the days of hammers and chisels. Now they can combine computer designs with handmade drawings to create digitized stencils and sandblast intricate artwork on to the stones.
“The gravestones can tell a story about what a person loved in their life,” Cobb says.
Cobb says some stones now have QR barcodes, read with a smartphone app, that take the viewer straight to a website with even more of the deceased’s life story.