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Civic Monuments, Custom Headstone Design, grave markers, Headstones & Memorials, natural stone, natural stone monuments

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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Civic Monuments, Custom Headstone Design, grave markers, headstone engraving, headstone installation, Headstones & Memorials

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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Civic Monuments, Custom Headstone Design, grave markers, headstone care and maintenance, headstone engraving, headstone installation, Headstones & Memorials, Mausoleums

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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Civic Monuments, Cleaning & Preserving Headstones, headstone care and maintenance, Headstones & Memorials, Mausoleums, Military

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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Your Guide to Memorial Vase Options

Graves that don’t have vases often make cemetery visitors who bring fresh or artificial flowers uncomfortable and frustrated during their visit. Without a vase, they usually have to place fresh flowers on the grave and the flowers then wilt rapidly without access to water. Even if a visitor brings a portable vase, high winds can tip it over and cause…

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Civic Monuments, Headstones & Memorials, Mausoleums, Military

Choosing and designing a burial monument

From the ancient days in Egypt when Pharaohs were entombed in the great pyramids, to the national cemeteries memorializing today’s veterans and historical figures, burial monuments have been and still are an important part of our memorial process. Though you may not be looking to install something as large and extravagant as a pyramid, there are many different options for…

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Headstones & Memorials

Why are so many headstones made from granite?

If you’ve ever gone into a cemetery, you may have noticed that most of the headstones, particularly the modern ones, are made from solid granite. There are many reasons that modern families decide to memorialize their loved ones with granite headstones. In fact, more than half of all the natural stone products sold in the US are granite ones. The…

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