Paying Tribute

Can I Pre-Order Cemetery Headstones?

Can I Pre-Order Cemetery Headstones?

Can I Pre-Order Cemetery Headstones?

Many of our families choose to pre-order cemetery headstones to take the burden off their loved ones. Choosing headstone designs also puts you in control of how you want your legacy to be remembered by future generations. While we understand that most people don’t like to think about their own death, the customers we work with often feel the peace of mind knowing that their headstones are to their liking.

Continue reading to learn how we can help you pre-order a cemetery headstone for either you or a loved one. Unlike other headstone companies, our team is here to help you every step of the way.

Reasons people pre-order cemetery headstones:

  • Peace of mind
  • Relieve some of the burdens from surviving family members
  • Tell your legacy the way you want it remembered
  • Carry out final wishes
  • Save money

Buy Cemetery Plot

Certain cemeteries only allow flat grave markers level with the ground because they’re easier to maintain than upright headstones. If this is the case, you’ll want to know before you purchase a cemetery plot. Many families choose cemetery plots based on their proximity to family and whether they can create the memorial they want

You’ll also want to ask the cemetery if they have restrictions for headstone designs. For example, a cemetery may not allow you to install a bench near your headstone if they feel it would disturb their aesthetic.

Request Consultation with Us

We recognize that buying a headstone is as much an emotional decision as it is a financial one. Our compassionate staff will be able to work with you to find the perfect memorial to honor your life and legacy.

Avoid Shady Online Dealers

We highly recommend working with a reputable monument dealer like Black Monument. While we understand the lure of buying a headstone online and saving money, we’ve heard too many stories of people getting cemetery headstones of inferior quality that looked nothing like the pictures. You’re much better off requesting a consultation with us to find the perfect headstone. We’ll also make sure that the headstone you choose follows the guidelines set by the cemetery.

Choose Headstone Designs

During your consultation with us, we’ll ask you what headstone designs you prefer so you can tell your story. Our clients often choose flowers, trees, lighthouses, quotes, and religious symbols to engrave on their upright headstones. The symbols you choose for your upright headstone will depend on the type of life you lived and how you choose to be remembered. You’ll also be able to choose the color and material of your headstone at this time.

Write Epitaph

An epitaph is a short inscription on a headstone that appears next to the decedent’s name, birth date, and death date. While it’s hard to describe your life in a few words, an epitaph is a great way to honor your memory long after you’re gone.

How to write an epitaph:

  • Describe life roles: “Beloved wife, mother, and daughter”;
  • Use favorite Bible verse: “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” –John 3:15
  • Quote poetry and literature: “Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.” –Mary Elizabeth Frye

Alert Family

Once you’ve bought a cemetery plot and headstone, you’ll want to let your family know of your arrangements. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to let your family know earlier in the process so they can give you feedback on headstone designs and other choices.

Our headstones for sale are created to honor legacies and help give surviving family members peace of mind. To learn more about  pre-ordering a cemetery headstone for you or a loved one, call Black Monument in Grand Rapids at (616) 452-7802.

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