Style Choice

Keep in mind that your cemetery regulations may specify what style of memorial you are allowed to have.  If your unsure, contact us to verify.  The basic styles are pictured below;  flush, bevel, slant, slant on base, and monuments, followed by three non-traditional styles: bench, boulder, and cremation memorials.  Adaptations can be made to any of these memorials to personalize them for you.  You can check below information for details on each style.

Flush style markers

 

Benefits:

The cemetery has a consistent appearance
Flush markers make it easier to mow grass

Concerns:

Lawnmowers may run over flowers, vases, or personal items left at the grave
Markers overgrow with grass just like a driveway or sidewalk
You need to be standing over it to read it, making it difficult to find a grave

Bevel style markers, also referred to as Pillow or Hickey markers

 

Benefits:

Above ground and easier to see than flush markers 
Slight slope to top makes it easier to read and will stay clean longer than a flat marker 
If  8” or taller they can be cored to receive cremated remains

Concerns: 

You still need to be within 5 to 10  feet to read the marker making it hard to find.

Slant and Slant on Base style markers

 

Benefits:

Larger design area allows for more information and bigger letters 
Can be read from a greater distance. Stays much cleaner than flush or bevel markers
A Veteran's bronze service plaque can be attached to the back 
By adding a base ( shown on left) you get extra height for visibility and lawnmower protection  
A base at least 8" in height can be cored to receive cremated remains 

Concerns:

While the family name, children's names, or other information can be placed on the back it may limit the ability of mounting the Veteran's bronze plaque
Without a base a lawnmower can chip the lower face if sexton is not careful

Monument style marker

 

Benefits:

Easiest to find in the cemetery
Largest design area available 
Can easily be shaped in a wide variety of custom shapes, like a heart, tear drop, car, horse, etc. 
Stays clean longer than other styles 
Base of monument protects from mower damage 
Can be cored to receive cremated remains 
Can be read from a distance 
Offers lots of room on back for design, lettering and mounting a Veteran's bronze plaque if family desires

Concerns:

None

Cremation Memorials

 

Benefits:

Permanently houses cremains in a sealed, dry, above ground natural unit 
Allows grave space to be used for standard interment
Provides a permanent, historical, remembrance spot

Concerns:

Cemetery regulations may dictate use and determine how many cremains may be placed in memorial

Bench Style

 

Benefits:

Provide a place for people to sit and find solace while visiting cemetery 
Unique style and shape makes memorial easier to find among traditional memorials 
Some styles of benches can be cored to receive cremated remains like the one pictured above 

Concerns:

Depending on type and size of bench it may not be as easy to read the lettering
A bench may limit the size of design and amount of information that can be placed on it 

Boulders Style

 

Benefits:

Rustic style blends in with older areas of your cemetery 
Unique style makes them easy to find
Can be cored to receive cremated remains   

Concerns:

Not all boulders are smooth enough to engrave.  Fabricated granite boulders with a flat bottom, supplied by a monument company, are recommended 

Cemetery regulations are more often an issue than standard memorials 

Over time a seam crack is more likely to appear; a flaw not always evident at time of engraving