Pre-Planning

 

The Beginner’s Guide to the Memorial Process

The Beginner’s Guide to the Memorial Process

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 […]

How to Order a Memorial in the Winter Months

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 […]

Written in Stone: Customizing Memories on a Memorial

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 […]
Pre-Planning Final Arrangements with Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

Pre-Planning Final Arrangements with Your Loved Ones During the Holidays

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 […]
More Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Headstone

More Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Headstone

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 […]

Why You Should Pre-Plan Your Cemetery Memorial

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. […]
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Why You Should Buy From a Monument Dealer

Why You Should Buy From a Monument Dealer

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 […]
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Questions to Ask the Cemetery Before Buying a Memorial

Questions to Ask the Cemetery Before Buying a Memorial

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 […]
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Pre-Need vs. At-Need Cemetery Monuments

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 […]
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How to Write Epitaphs for Cemetery Headstones

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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