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Published: Monday, May 23 2011 4:00 a.m. MDT

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Paul in MD
Montgomery Village, MD

When my mother-in-law was making funeral arrangements for Dad, she chose a double-headstone, as she'll be laid to rest next to him when she departs. She chose a banner on the marker which reads "Together Forever". The funeral director showed Mom a mock-up of it, which showed their wedding date, through Dad's death. Mom asked why they put an end date if the caption is "Together Forever". The funeral director said he'd never thought about it, and agreed that was counter-intuitive, so the marker just has the date they were sealed.

It's kind of unique here in Maryland, but we like it.

Florissant, MO

That was an interesting article. My Mother in Law was buried at Jefferson cemetery in Missouri where her husband is. It was interesting, because most have a cross on the headstones, some have the star, but theirs was plain. We were told we could put some kind of saying, I wanted them to put "Did you take something for that?" She always asked that if we were sick or hurt, but instead they put "Isn't that special". She always said that too. There is a website that is Find a Grave, you can google that, but people will go out and photograph headstones in their areas and you can type in a name and it may show up on that site.

Relocated Southerner
Logan, UT

I disagree with a part of this article. I have lived all over the United States, and having both the full date of birth and death is quite common everywhere, except among older graves from around the turn of the 20th century. But most graves past the 1920s or 1930s have both dates in full. I don't think this has anything to do with LDS culture or keeping up with genealogy; I think it was more of a trend nationwide as people began to put more money into grave markers. Occasionally, I do see really old grave markers, some dating back to the 1800s, that also include the full date of birth and death, but I think that nationwide, it became more of a trend after the 1930s or so.

Hans in California
Valencia, CA

My favorite epitaph from Tombstone, AZ: "Here lies Lester Moore, 4 slugs from a .44, no less, no more."

Embarrassed in Seattle
Redmond, WA

When I was recently in SLC I stopped by to pay respects to my parents who are buried at this cemetery. I noticed a large new grave marker and was shocked to see at the bottom of the marker a website. It took me back. Is this a new thing?

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm doing some transcription of old cemetary records. I have never been to these places myself, but some of the records, I kid you not, list the information of their great-great-great-great grandparents. It's insane!

Salt Lake City, UT

The Salt Lake Cemetery is NOT located at 200 N. C St. It's located at 200 N Street. As in the letter N, not N for North. Whoever edited this article clearly didn't bother to check to make sure the address was correct.

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