Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Memorialization?

Memorialization is the art of commemorating the lives of those loved, revered and respected. In most civilizations and generations, it has been desired to remember loved ones by erecting monuments. From pyramids to Indian burial mounds, public memorials such as Mt. Rushmore, to simple private memorials, the creation of a monument has been the most common form of remembrance. A monument should be everlasting and the purchase of one should be made with patience, great care and consideration.

Why Should I Purchase From a MBNA Retail Firm?
As part of their membership, MBNA members sign a statement of policy,  MBNA Code of Practice. This code promotes fair and honest business practices that, in turn, serve and protect the consumer.  When you purchase a monument/memorial from an MBNA member, you are assured of ethical, honest business practices from someone who is committed to his industry and art. Many of MBNA’s members are multi-generational memorialists who have learned the exact art of stone carving from their fathers and grandfathers. Remember, always look for the MBNA name and logo.

What is a Certified Memorialist®?
A Certified Memorialist® is someone who has undergone hours of study, received continuing education and passed a rigorous exam. They also must continue to stay abreast of changes in the industry and are re-tested every three years.

How long has the MBNA been around?
MBNA has been in existence since 1906.

Is it better to purchase a monument from a Cemetery, Monument Company or Funeral Home?
Generally, it is better to purchase a monument from an expert memorialist who focuses on monument manufacturing and has been taught by experts.   In many cases, funeral homes and cemeteries purchase the memorials from monument companies. The funeral homes and cemeteries can be resellers and add to the markup on the monument.

The cemetery says they have to install the monument? Can they do that?
Laws vary from state to state. Contact your local MBNA retail member for more information.

Why is granite used in monuments?
Granite is used for monuments due to its durability, longevity, hardness and natural beauty.