Upright monuments consist of the top piece called the die, and the bottom piece called the base. The tops are usually serpentine, oval or flat and can be polished, steeled or rock finish. However, other styles and special shapes are also available. The base part of the monument can have a polished or steeled top with rock sides. The base can also have a polished margin.
A small vertical monument can be set on a base or used as a tablet, which would be pinned to the cement foundation. Similar to marble military tablets.
Larger upright monuments are generally used to identify family burial plots for two or more people.