Questions to Ask the Cemetery Before Buying a Memorial

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 should ask the cemetery before buying a memorial. While a reputable headstone dealer should ask these questions to spare you the hassle, it never hurts to double check certain details with the cemetery before making a purchase.

What are the style and size restrictions for memorials?

All cemeteries have regulations for what styles and sizes they allow for memorials. If the cemetery allows upright headstones, you’ll need to check their rules for height and width. Keep in mind that some headstones have a base that the headstone sits on, which is also regulated.

If you want a nontraditional style, such as a bench memorial or cremation memorial, you’ll need to check first with the cemetery before making a purchase. A cemetery memorial company can also check with the cemetery to see what styles and materials are allowed. For example, while granite headstones are popular, you may be interested in other materials like slate or marble headstones.

Are upright headstones allowed?

Be sure to ask your cemetery what types of memorials they allow. For example, some cemeteries only allow grave markers that are level with the ground. If this is the case, you won’t be able to buy an upright headstone and have it installed over your loved one’s final resting place. Certain sections of the cemetery may have even more restrictions, which is why it never hurts to ask about rules regarding your loved one’s burial plot.

Are large or unique monuments allowed?

Like the name suggests, cemetery monuments are monumental or big. As a result, you’ll need to check with the cemetery to see if your design is appropriate based on their regulations. We understand that a monument can be a great way to showcase a loved one’s personality. However, the cemetery may not approve a monument design that’s too tall or unique.

It’s important to be as specific as possible when describing your design to the cemetery so they won’t rescind their approval later when the monument looks nothing like what you described. Animals, pyramids, and obelisks are all common choices for monuments.

Who will install the memorial?

It’s not uncommon for historical cemeteries to handle their own installations. For this reason, you’ll want to find out who will be responsible for the memorial installation.  While most cemeteries require foundations for memorials, those that don’t will ask you to pay a setting fee. A memorial setting is when the cemetery prepares and installs the memorial for you.Black Monument is a headstone company that has helped families honor loved ones with cemetery memorials for over 120 years. If you need assistance with choosing a headstone for your loved one’s final resting place, give us a call at (616) 452-7802.

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