When designing a memorial, or deciding on a memorial design, choose symbols if not words that convey the life story of your loved one. These memorials are what will remain long after we have past. This allows generations forward to understand a little about our culture and who we are as individuals. Some may find some symbols found on some headstones as distasteful or frivolous, but one must remember; there will be a time when perhaps a particular sports team or a particular cartoon character will disappear from popular culture. It will remain as symbol from a point in time of heightened popularity. They could remain as a sort of hieroglyphic! It is just a thought.