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What should I know before ordering my headstone?

The most important piece of information to know is the size and type of headstone that is accepted within the cemetery where the headstone is to be placed. Each cemetery is very different with their requirements and this is the first piece of information you need to know before ordering from us. We also double check with the cemetery after the order has been placed.

The following information will help you manage the process of ordering and installing your headstone. Please note that if you would like the headstone shipped to your cemetery, you must make arrangements for doing so before placing your order. The list below explains exactly what you need to do.

a. Cemetery Headstone Specifications

Every cemetery has different requirements for the cemetery, and even for different sections of the cemetery. These requirements can place limitations on the size, color and material of your headstone. Please refer to your cemetery contract; it should state what type of memorial is allowed. If not call your cemetery. We  may give you assistance if needed

What type of cemetery headstones are allowed?

Example: Upright headstone, flat bronze grave marker, flat granite grave marker, side by side companion, double interment grave marker, individual, infant, or veteran's marker, etc.

Regarding a companion memorial, which side is the husband and wife on?

Traditionally the husband is on the left and wife on the right, that is when viewing from the foot of the graves

What are the minimum and maximum sizes allowed for cemetery headstones? A cemetery usually has a range of sizes they allow for the headstone. Make sure the size you purchase is within their range.

Is a flower vase allowed? Some types of cemetery headstones are available with a flower vase in bronze marker or granite marker. Make sure your cemetery allows a vase before selecting this option.

Are there any granite color restrictions? While most cemeteries do not regulate granite color, a number of them will stipulate the color of granite allowed, especially for bronze markers with a granite base. If they allow bronze markers, do they restrict the bronze coloring? Some cemeteries refer to the bronze coloring as oxidation. Most cemeteries allow any bronze coloring, but a few will restrict the color to dark or light brown. Make sure you know what colors are allowed before selecting this option.

What other particular specifications do they require? A few cemeteries will have specific requirements such as lawn mower proof edges (for the granite), specific size requirements for the granite base, or that a Christian symbol be incorporated into the memorial design (Catholic cemeteries). It is wise to be aware of any particular requirements before finalizing a headstone order.

Is any paperwork required for the placement of a cemetery headstone? Cemeteries often have special forms such as a permit or authorization that need to be filled out for the placement of a cemetery headstone. These forms often require the signature of the lot owner(s) or next of kin before they accept a headstone for installation.

Is there an installation fee applicable to cemetery headstone? If the cemetery will install the headstone then there is most likely an installation fee. This is normal as they are performing a service.

Required Cemetery Paperwork

Many cemeteries require some sort of documents to be filled out for placement of a cemetery headstone on the grave. These documents normally call for information regarding the specifications headstone and sometimes require a drawing. They may also request information about the monument dealer who is selling the headstone to you. Finally the lot owner or next of kin may need to sign the form authorizing the placement of the cemetery headstone.

In many cases the company in which you are purchasing the headstone from will assist you with this paperwork. They should be able to complete the forms and provide most of the required information pertaining to the cemetery headstone. Many cemeteries require some sort of documents to be filled out for placement of a cemetery headstone on the grave. These documents normally call for information regarding the specifications headstone and sometimes require a drawing. They may also request information about the monument dealer who is selling the headstone to you. Finally the lot owner or next of kin may need to sign the form authorizing the placement of the cemetery headstone.


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