Getting Ready to Purchase Your Memorial
Purchasing a memorial is not something that we do every day and most of us do not know where to begin the processs. The term “memorial” refers to the stone that is erected for your loved one and the cemetery controls what you are able to install…a marker, upright monument, bronze etc. Your choice is in color, design, wording of inscription.
The following information should prove helpful to you:
- Contact the cemetery (Family Services Counselor if you have one) and ask them this question: “what is the minimum and maximum size memorial I can have on the grave”. You should be aware of what is around the gravesite and if you see bronze, an additional question should be asked if they don’t offer the information: “is bronze required and if so, must it be on a granite base?” Please ask for the information in writing to prevent an issue in the future.
- So that there are no surprises for you, ask them as well the cost of marker installation or upright foundation whichever applies to your grave. These costs are generally referred to as cemetery fees.
- Once you know what you can have on your grave site, you should begin a discussion with other family members involved to determine what you would like to have on the grave as a stone. You should also discuss what you would like to have as an inscription.
- When you know the type of memorial you are able to put on the grave, marker or upright monument, come into the office and we will take you through the rest of the steps which will include selecting a stone color, the design, inscription, and will you want a photo or a flower vase. Please bring with you the document your Family Services Counselor gives you indicating what you are able to erect on the grave.
Conti & Son Monument Company is known for the depth of their engraving as well as being able to work with a customers creative design. If you have a design in mind or one you have drawn, a poem you have written, please bring that with you when you come in to meet with us. We are always happy to do custom work.
While the cemetery or outside funeral home may offer to sell you a memorial, please keep in mind that you have the right to purchase the memorial from any monument maker you choose to work with.