AVOID THESE COMMON MISTAKES
avoid some common mistakes
When you choose a family memorial
Most people don’t know what a memorial should cost, what kind to
or whether it makes sense to buy before need. Here are ten
things you should know about cemetery memorials – whether you
small marker or a family monument.
1. Before you buy a cemetery lot, make sure you have the right to
the kind of memorial you want. Most cemeteries have
governing the size and type memorial you can put on your lot.
cemeteries even prohibit above-ground memorialization on small
insisting memorials be level with the lawn.
2. Select a permanent material – granite. It is not
distinguish good granite. Look for an even texture that has
finish when polished. Such granite is free of foreign
might in time mar its beauty.
3. Check the depth of the lettering and carving. Appearances
deceiving. Coloring can actually be used to add shadow and
give a look
of substance to lettering. So make sure the lettering and
your memorial is cut deeply.
4. Insist on a meaningful guarantee by a responsible manufacturer.
memorials carry some sort of guarantee. But any defect is
responsibility of the manufacturer, not the dealer or cemetery.
5. Remember size is no indication of value. Naturally, fine
costs more than ordinary stone. But equally important is the
cutting and polishing it. That’s why, just as with a fine
alone is no indication of value. It’s better to have a
flawless memorial than a larger, imperfect stone that soon calls
attention to its “cheaper price” by staining, cracking or
6. It is never too early to plan your future memorial needs.
planning, including memorialization, is a wise decision for
of any age.
7. Make sure you buy through a reputable local dealer. Any
dealer will be happy to advise you on how to purchase the most
meaningful memorial to your loved one, and show you the quality
should expect. You only buy a cemetery memorial once and you want
be a source of family pride for generations to come.
8. A memorial is a personal thing – make sure your memorial will
your personality. More than anything else you’ll ever buy,
is a personal thing; an expression of your love, your memories.
good dealer will show you how symbolism, epitaphs and personalized
design express your sentiments.
9. You make only one choice – make the right one. Whether
a cemetery lot and memorial for future use, or buying a memorial
the grave of someone dear to you, there is no reason to make a
choice. It is far more important that you make the right
10. If your monument experiences any vandalism, check your
insurance policy, as most cover the cost of restoration. If
your monument to be unstable or off level, notify your monument