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Mausoleums

Is a mausoleum right for your family?

Mausoleums are found on every continent, from every chapter of human history. They almost always include an enclosed stone structure for the interment of several people, often an entire immediate or extended family, and they are sometimes elaborately decorated with statues, engravings, and ornate architecture. The most extraordinary examples of mausoleums from around the world include the Egyptian pyramids, the…

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Religious Symbol on a Headstone Cross
Headstones & Memorials

Personalizing a Headstone Design

Headstones are well known for the words they use to commemorate loved ones. However, the words and dates on these monuments aren’t the only things that make them a beautiful memorial to the deceased. You can further personalize a headstone by customizing it with a design that shares something significant about your lost loved one.  By sharing a small part…

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Ancient Headstones in a cemetary.
Headstones & Memorials

A Brief History on Headstones and Monuments

Both headstones and funerary monuments are ancient traditions, familiar to virtually everyone in the western world today. However, few people have taken time to consider the long history and rich traditions that have led to our modern trends in funerary art, or the legacy of fine craftsmanship that has continued unbroken for centuries. Monuments to commemorate loved ones have existed…

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Headstone monument designed by Columbia Gardens Memorials
Headstones & Memorials

Different Headstone and Monument Finishes

The passing of a loved one comes with many emotions, but also many decisions and much planning. In addition to making choices for the deceased’s funeral arrangements, you’ll also have to make several decisions when it comes to the gravestone. Cemetery memorials and gravestones are a way to pay tribute to your loved one, and should embody their personality. Once…

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Headstones in a cemetary
Headstones & Memorials

Choosing a Gravestone for a Deceased Parent

When faced with the expected or unexpected loss of a parent, children are often left with an unspeakable grief filled with emotional turmoil. Funeral arrangements, even if they have pre-planned, can be an overwhelming process. In the midst of making arrangements and mourning, you will be faced with the decision of how to proceed with choosing a gravestone for your…

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Angel Statue in Evergreens Cemetery, New York City
Headstones & Memorials

Adding a Name to a Headstone

Adding additional names, dates, and insignias to gravestones is not an uncommon practice. For example, one may need to add the name and dates of a recently deceased loved one to a double headstone or family mausoleum (sometimes referred to as a crypt or tomb). There are also occasions where the gravestone was initially engraved without the persons actual name.…

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