In West Michigan, winter seems endless and there are few things that are quite as exciting as the first signs of spring. You may feel inspired to visit the cemetery more often in the nicer weather, when the grass isn’t muddy, the path is clear, and the frigid cold won’t turn your hands to ice […]
When a loved one passes away, there are many emotions running through your mind, from the sharp and incomparable pain of grief to the anxiety associated with planning a funeral to the fears about financing end-of-life concerns. If your loved one did not engage in any pre-planning arrangements during life, those who are left behind […]
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 […]
A life well lived will inevitably leave behind a legacy. But how do you ensure that your loved one’s memory is tangibly preserved for generations? The benefit of memorializing a relative is self-evident: for many centuries, human beings have been using memorial services and monuments to pay tribute to those who have passed on. The […]
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 […]
From time immemorial, families have preserved their loved one’s memory with a personalized headstone or monument, engraved with designs or an epitaph that serves as a simple and concise representation of their life. The earliest gravestones are said to date back to roughly 3,000-4,000 B.C., when graves were literally covered with an entire stone. Over […]
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 […]
The process of choosing a headstone for a loved one can be an intimidating one. There seem to be a thousand choices, and these choices need to be made in a short amount of time or during an emotional crisis in a lot of cases. That’s why the experienced staff at Michigan’s best headstone and […]
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One of our memorial specialists will meet with you and a maximum of two additional family members. Thank you.