Purchasing a memorial can be an emotional experience, so please feel free to use this checklist to help what you through the process.
Consider the story you want to tell. Whether you are looking for a simple headstone or large family estate monument, the most important aspect of memorialization is the story you want to tell.
- Add meaning to the memorial by using designs to reflect religion, profession, fraternal orders, military service, family heritage, hobbies or favorite memories.
- A special sentiment can also be added by using an appropriate verse.
Seek a professional monument company. A professional monument company is different than a funeral home or cemetery that “also sells” memorials. It focuses 100% of its energy towards providing the most comprehensive options of memorialization for the families they serve, and it develops its employees with continued education provided through memberships in regional and national associations.
- Consult with family/talk with friends.
- Ask for a registered Certified Memorialist.
Use a full service monument company to guide you from start to finish through your memorial selection.
- Professional and knowledgeable sales staff.
- Caring insight toward sensitive and emotional issues.
- Knowledgeable of cemetery regulations and manufacturing techniques.
- Experienced and creative artists for personalization and meaningful design.
- Onsite production facility for 100% quality control.
Decide on the shape, material, color, and finish of the monument.
- Cemetery regulations may limit options.
- Shapes range from grass level memorials to upright monuments. View the Monument Gallery for examples of the various monument types.
- Traditional memorials are made from granite, marble, or bronze and are available in a variety of colors.
- Textures and finishes from highly polished to roughhewn can enhance designs and memorial style.
Receive a written price statement showing all fees.
- All fees should be discussed and noted.
- Finance terms, payment plans, and payment methods—cash, check, or credit card should be provided.
Approve a detailed drawing.
- View a full size proof to safeguard against errors.
- Make changes as necessary to ensure your satisfaction.
Inquire about warranties and guarantees.
Inspect the finished memorial before paying the final balance.