We've all seen them.
And...it breaks my heart, as I'm certain that it breaks yours, too.
I've wandered hundreds of cemeteries in my lifetime. I've seen stones that are tenderly cared for, those that haven't had a visitor in awhile, stones that are old, and stones that are broken.
Some of these broken stones are simply laid up against a tree, or a fence, waiting for someone to take care of them and place them back where they mark the final resting place for a loved one.
However, there are many times where that just won't happen. Time, money, and wondering where they should even be placed prevent this from happening.
However, while visiting a pioneer cemetery in Richmond, Missouri a couple of years ago, I saw what is probably one of the best answers to this problem I have ever seen.
This pioneer cemetery was filled with early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Mormons. Much of the cemetery was extremely well-kept.
But, there was a section that contained stones where they would never be able to find the original graves and repair the stones to be placed there.
So...this is what they did. They laid them flat, encased in cement, with walkways between them. They were preserved, and one could easily do a rubbing on them.
One of the best ideas I have ever seen.