How to Choose a Grave Marker or Monument

When burial is chosen as final disposition, whether it be a full body burial or burial of cremated remains, you will have the option to create a monument or grave marker to memorialize your loved one. There are many things to consider when designing a monument or marker for your loved one, such as color, size, and shape. In this month’s special blog series, our guest experts at Valiant Monument Design will highlight some of the many details to consider when designing a lasting memorial for your loved one. This week, we will look at the general steps and process to designing a monument to get us started.


Cemetery Rules and Regulations

First and foremost, you must consider the rules and regulations of the cemetery. Every cemetery has its own rules and regulations that they follow, covering everything from interments to markers and monuments. When it comes to markers and monuments, these rules will let you know the size, style, placement, and number of markers allowed. Before you begin the design process, make sure to consult your monument professional to verify that you are following the requirements of the cemetery properly.


What is the first step?

The first step in your monument creation process is to choose a monument company. At Valiant Monument Design, you can count on our trusted design professionals to help you create an everlasting memorial for you and your family. Our professional design coordinators will help you through every step of the process, from initial design and sketches to the final placement of your monument in the cemetery. You can feel assured that your wishes will be followed and turned into a treasured memorial.


How Long Does It Take?

There are many factors to consider when determining how long a monument will take to be completed. Most monuments can be completed within 4-6 months from the time of the initial design to the setting in the cemetery. However, keep in mind that some factors will change this. The color of your monument for example can affect the production speed. Some granite is quarried overseas and will therefore need to be shipped to the factory before work can begin. Our team at Valiant Monument Design will keep you updated on each step and will give you a realistic timeline for monument completion.


How Much Does a Monument Cost?

Monuments vary is cost depending on the size, color, material, and design. At Valiant Monument Design, we will provide you with a comprehensive quote for your monument or marker. This will include the monument, shipping, foundation, and the setting in the cemetery. There are options for all budgets, and we will work closely with you to create a beautiful monument or marker that fits within your desired budget.


What’s Next?

Now that we have some basic information, we can dive into the details of choosing a monument or marker. Stay tuned this month as we explore monument styles, sizes, materials, profiles, and finishes. At the end of our series, you will have all the information needed to begin the process of design a beautiful monument for you or your family and the confidence in your choices for an everlasting memorial.



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