Physical monuments can be created using a number of different materials. Monument providers offer several different colors of granite grave markers and headstones, as well as cast bronze options. Granite memorials can be configured in a number of different shapes (described below), while bronze markers typically lie flush with the burial ground. Both materials can be used to create monuments at a wide variety of price points to suit your family’s needs.
A number of different monument styles are offered, giving you the opportunity to commemorate your loved one’s life in whatever way feels most appropriate to you. Use the following configuration descriptions as a starting place for the memorial planning process:
- Upright Monuments
Upright monuments include a vertical top portion (known as the “die”) and a horizontal mounting piece (referred to as the “base”). Upright monuments may be designed as both single and double memorials.
- Flat or Flush Marker
Flat markers can be constructed of either granite or bronze and lie flat at the head of the grave site. Flat markers are typically 3-4” thick and can be created in either single or double widths.
- Bevel Marker
A bevel marker includes a flat surface that is raised above the burial plot with a slight bevel from front to back. Both individual and companion monuments are available in this configuration.
- Slant Marker
Slant markers include a front panel that is slanted away from the burial site, with the rear edge raised higher than the front. The front panels on these markers can be flat, oval or serpentine in shape and can include burial information for one or two plots.
- Specialty Monuments
Monument providers are capable of creating benches, crosses or other specialty memorials according to your specifications. Please note that your choice of final resting place may dictate the types of monuments that may be used. Contact their office for more information on your chosen grave site or final resting place.
Once you have selected your monument materials and configuration, a number of different ornamentation options exist to allow you to personalize your memorial. Please note that the size and style of your chosen monument may limit the amount of ornamentation you are able to include. Contact our office for more information on the following options:
- Ornamental Carving
Monument providers offer more than 300 images and themes that can be carved into your memorial, either by hand or with the use of a sand-blaster. These images include religious symbols, flowers, birds, sports iconography, frames and more.
- Ornamental Etching
Offering both hand and laser etching allows our monument provider to create finely-detailed drawings that are etched into the finish of your chosen memorial. We are able to offer a wide selection of different etched images or transfer any drawing you provide to your monument.
- Ornamental Lettering
Any words to be included on your monument (including the name of the deceased, life dates, quotes, scripture verses and more) can be stylized using a number of different fonts and carving techniques. Contact our office for a full list of all available options.