2 Things To Ask Before You Get A Monument For Your Loved One's Grave

When your loved one has died and you have had them buried, you want to make sure that you are able to mark their grave so that everyone knows where it is. That is where a monument or headstone comes in. Before you get one, you need to talk to someone at the cemetery to see what their rules are when it comes to monuments and headstones. You don't want to spend a lot of money getting something beautiful only to find out that it won't be allowed to be put on the grave. The company that you are working with to get the gravestone will probably have some idea as to what the rules and regulations are, but checking with the cemetery will let you be sure. So, what are some things you should ask about before getting the monument for your loved one's grave? 


The cemetery may limit what kinds of materials can be used on graves. Not only can they limit the materials, but they can also limit the colors of the materials that can be used. For example, the cemetery may only allow bronze and granite monuments. If you were to choose to use granite, the cemetery may limit the colors of the granite to pink, white, and black. Checking to see what materials you can use will save you money in the long run because you don't have to worry about putting the money on one monument only to find out that you can't use it. 


If you want to get a monument instead of a gravestone, you should also ask about how high the monument can be. Monuments are generally slightly different than a gravestone, mostly because they are generally a statement piece instead of just a marker. The cemetery probably has rules about how high and how wide the monument can be. Part of the cemetery's limitations on width could involve how much work it would be for the groundskeeper to maintain the grounds around it. A monument that doesn't fit within certain parameters and doesn't line up with other markers can make the groundskeeper's job harder. 

Getting a monument for your loved one's grave may be really important to you. If it is, make sure that you talk to someone at the cemetery to find out what the rules are before you start investing in a monument so that you know that you are getting the right one. 

Contact a funeral home for assistance with monuments