The history of stone grave markers goes back thousands of years. The Greeks and Romans used stone monuments to honor the dead and prevent graves from being disturbed. In America, gravestone carvers have used various types of rock for burial markers during different periods.
The Puritans who settled New England in the 1600's created simple wooden or stone grave markers. They believed that carving anything other than words on them would violate the biblical commandment against creating graven images, according to the website Digital History.
Regardless of which personalized grave monument or marker you choose, know that in doing so, you place yourself within a long and varied human tradition of permanently preserving, honoring and remembering the lives of those we love.