Grief is a deeply complicated and highly personal experience that never truly heals, but fortunately fades with time and, if necessary, professional counseling. The emotional and psychological turmoil one faces after a loss is only further magnified by the financial strain end-of-life arrangements place on a family. One small way that Black Monument provides comfort […]
The holidays are meant to be a joyful time to be with family, celebrate traditions, and appreciate one another’s company. However, statistically, mortality rates tend to increase around the holidays—and no one is entirely certain why. If you have been faced with a sudden loss around Christmas, it may be a comfort to know that […]
Your loved one’s story is unique, and your memories associated with their life are precious and intimate. Our family-owned business is built on the foundational truth that to preserve the memories of a life well-lived is to ensure a long-lasting legacy. Black Monument’s clientele comes from a wide range of backgrounds throughout West Michigan, and […]
There are no certainties in life, but planning for the future is always a wise choice, particularly in relation to end-of-life concerns. Statistics currently show that while Americans overwhelmingly purchase life insurance and invest in retirement plans, we aren’t prioritizing funeral arrangements. It’s important to share your desires for your final arrangements with your loved […]
Headstones for graves are significant purchases. You want to choose monuments that honor your loved ones, and that will stand the test of time. Black Monument has been serving families in and around Grand Rapids since 1893. They are experts on headstones. Here are (9) valued suggestions for purchasing (and maintaining) grave markers, monuments and cemetery headstones. 1. Before Purchasing a Headstone – Visit the Cemetary Black Monument’s advice is to visit the cemetery where […]
While no one likes to think about their own death, pre-planning your funeral can be an empowering experience. When you buy a pre-need headstone, grave marker, or monument, you are making sure that your final wishes will be carried out while reducing some of the stress for surviving family members when they plan your funeral. […]
Approximately 8 in 10 Americans shop online, according to the Pew Research Center. However, some items need to be bought in person in order to ensure quality materials and customer service. Buying a cemetery monument online is one of the worst mistakes you can make, especially if you spend thousands on something the cemetery won’t […]
Cemeteries have restrictions for what memorials they will allow. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that the upright headstone, grave marker, or cemetery monument you have in mind follows their regulations before making an expensive purchase. In this blog post, the cemetery memorial experts at Black Monument will go over the questions you […]
Planning your cemetery monument is just as important as writing a will. In their time of grief, loved ones will have a hard time trying to think what cemetery monument will be right for capturing your life story in stone. Many of our customers choose to pre-arrange their cemetery monuments so surviving family members have […]
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 an entire person’s life in a few words, an epitaph is a great way to honor your loved one’s memory. A company that makes headstones for graves can help […]
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One of our memorial specialists will meet with you and a maximum of two additional family members. Thank you.