Memorial Information

Know The Facts Before You Buy!

Did you know?

Most memorials placed on the grave, within 2 months after the burial, will sink unevenly during the first year, requiring extra expense to have it leveled again.

What to do . . .

Wait 3-6 months before having the memorial placed on the grave. If your memorial does need to be raised, check to see if you've paid a maintenance fee to your cemetery. If you have, this fee usually covers having the stone raised as well as perpetual care for the memorial. You can also contact your memorial dealer or memorial repair specialist to raise it for a nominal fee.

Did you know?

A large percentage of bronze vases get stolen each year. Bronze vases are very ornate & beautiful, but they are also costly, especially if you end up replacing them every couple of years. Bronze can be melted down and sold, therefore they seem to attract theft.

What to do . . .

If you still want to buy a bronze vase, check with your cemetery regarding their security procedures and percentage of theft. Invert vase into protective casing when not in use. Maintain the chain between the vase & casing. Even though it can be broken if some one wants it badly enough, it will at least deter theft. There are alternative vases to use that look ornate & beautiful but are not made of bronze. Instead they are made of a cast metal and don't have the cash value a bronze vase has.

Did you know?

The price of a memorial will vary greatly depending on the color of granite used, as well as the number of sides polished. A flat marker in a light gray is usually much less than a deep black or red stone. An upright stone will have the same price variance according to the color, but also will vary with the number of sides polished. To confuse the issue, there are many different words used to describe the memorial, (i.e.: head stone, grave stone, tombstone, memorial, slant, marker, grave marker, etc.) With so many different terminologies, how do you compare "apples to apples" so to speak?

What to do . . .

Ask for specific colors and where the stone is quarried when requesting prices. Know the proper terms of the memorial. A flat stone for one individual is usually called a "single marker". A flat stone for two people is a "double marker" or "companion marker". An upright stone is called a "monument" or a "slant".

The "slant" is a wedge shaped stone, the face is angled and the back straight. The slant can be polished in a number of ways. It may be polished only on the face (polish one), polished on the face and back (polish two), or polished on the face, back and top (polish three). A polish one slant does not come with a granite base but is set in cement alone. A polish two and three slant should include a granite base and the granite base should be set in cement. The granite base may or may not have core holes for vases, which will also effect the price. Asking the right questions will help ensure you are getting what you want.

The monument is straight on the front and back, the top is usually oval shaped but will vary. The monument will at least be polished on the front and back (polish two), polished on the front, back and top (polish three), or polished on the front, back, top, and both sides (polish five). All monuments should be priced with a granite base, but you should ask to make sure. The more unique cuts and contours on the monument, the more expensive the price. When you are calling for prices, make sure each memorial dealer is quoting you the same stone (i.e.: color, size, polished sides, bases included, etc.)

Did you know?

Most cemeteries have many varying rules and regulations regarding the size and type of memorial you can place on the grave. Some cemeteries will only allow bronze markers, where others only allow flat memorials (bronze or granite), some cemeteries restrict the size of the memorial.

What to do . . .

Check the rules and regulations of the cemetery before you purchase the plot. Most consumers don't know the cemetery's restrictions until after the funeral. Don't rely on looking at other memorials at the cemetery and assume you can do the same. Many cemeteries add a clause to have the right to change their policies as they see fit. For example: they may have once allowed upright stones, but now only allow flat.

Did you know?

Many monument retailers do not engrave their own memorials. They act as a middleman between the engraver and the customer. Not knowing who will do the actual work on the stone may impair your decision on which memorial retailer to use. Also, memorial retailers who use a middleman to make the stone will often mark up the price, which is an added expense to you.

What to do . . .

Don't be afraid to ask where the memorial is being made. If it is being made at another memorial dealer, ask how long this company has been in business, how long they have had a relationship with them. You should feel as comfortable with the memorial engraver as you are with the retailer you are purchasing it from. (Tip: Call the engraver directly to see if you can purchase the stone directly from them, saving you money.)

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