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Granite Headstones: Why do people love granite headstones?

  One of the primary goals here at Columbia Gardens Memorials, is crafting unique and meaningful memorials that can with stand tests of time. Which is exactly why we recommend granite headstones. Granite for headstones is an excellent option, that we love not only for its beauty but, its durability. Granite has been around for centuries, evidence shows ancient Egyptians…

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How to Clean a Bronze Plaque

Burial monuments, markers, and headstones are traditionally placed at grave sites to provide family and friends with a way of paying tribute to, and honoring, the life of a lost loved one. The use of bronze in grave markers is very common, especially as an addition to a flat or slanted marker. However, bronze plaques are not just seen in…

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Where should I buy a headstone?

In today’s modern world, you can shop and buy almost anything online. Although, online shopping is a great option when you are shopping for everyday items or gifts, there are certain purchases where shopping locally may be the better option. Headstones and burial monuments are one consumer purchase that we feel is better shopped for with a local monument dealer,…

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Custom headstones: A Natural History

Nothing looks quite like natural stone for a burial monument. The glossy surface, the play of color, the intricate patterns… but what’s the story behind these headstones? Granite Granite is a common rock and frequently used for gravestones. It’s an intrusive igneous rock, meaning it is cooled from magma (underground lava) deep below the earth’s surface. Like all rocks, it…

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When is it Time to Add the Burial Monument? 4 Reasons to Wait

The final step of laying your loved one to rest is by placing a burial monument on their resting place. A monument offers closure to the relatives and friends, in knowing that they will have a physical place to remember their loved one. During such moments, determining the right time to add a burial monument can be challenging. However, here…

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What You Need to Know About Headstone Installation

Installing a headstone is among the best ways of honoring a deceased loved one. Although installing it is an important aspect of honoring a departed relative, there are many important things one needs to understand about headstone installation. Here is what you need to know about the installation process of headstones. Understand the cemetery regulations first Each cemetery has a…

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Gravesite and Monument Maintenance

When you first put a loved one to rest you can often be too lost in the grief of moment to consider the maintenance needs of their gravesite and burial monument in the years to come. While the most common types of memorial markers are built to last for the span of many lifetimes, this does not necessarily mean that…

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