Understanding name on German headstone

What is the difference between a gravestone and a headstone?

“Gravestone” is the older word, being used from the late 1300s, and “tombstone” is from the mid-1500s. A headstone, as the word implies, referred to a grave marker placed at the head of a grave. It’s the newest of the three words, arising in 1676, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

What does Gest mean on a tombstone?

The majority of stones and monuments list either Geb and Gest. Quite simply they just mean “born” and “died,” although these are abbreviations.

Which headstone is best?

If you want a memorial that will last, then the best headstone material is either granite or bronze. Both are known for their durability. However, a lesser-known alternative is the field boulder. While it will not last quite as long as the other two, it will hold up to the elements.

What happens to graves in Germany?

According to German burial law, the remains must be buried in a cemetery or a specially designated area. Many funeral homes also offer burials in nature, but these often then take place in other countries. Cremated remains in urns can be buried in forests, or the ashes can be scattered at sea.

What does FLT mean on a grave?

Some initials found on gravestones:

FLT stands for Friendship, Love, Truth, three degrees associated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Odd Fellows, first organized in the US in 1819, is a popular fraternal/benefit organization. The emblem of the Odd Fellows is usually shown as three links of a chain.

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