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Which is proper to put on a grave marker: the full birth &

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Which is proper to put on a grave marker: the full birth & death dates or only the years?
JA: The Etiquette Expert will know what to do. Please tell me everything you can so the Etiquette Expert can help you best.
Customer: The company who sells bronze plaque grave marker will put either full dates of birth and death or only the years of each. Which is more proper to put on a grave marker?
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Customer: I can not think of any thing else...just what is the more proper form to write the dates? My mother was born in 1918 and passed away in 2016
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Etiquette
Expert:  Michael replied 4 months ago.

Good evening and welcome to Just Answer,

First, let me offer my condolences to you on the loss of your mother.

As for what is considered proper in terms of what should be placed on the grave marker, either is fine although most grave markers you will see today have both the full dates of birth and death instead of just the years. Older grave markers will have just the years but overtime the change to including the birth day as well as the day your mom passed away seems to be the way grave markers are listed today.

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Take care,