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Monument Cleaning Tips: Part Two

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This blog post is intended to supplement a previous post about Cemetery Monument Cleaning Tips. After installation, your loved one’s monument will be a striking testament to the incredible, experience-filled life they lived. With a sandblasted surface, detailed lettering and a poignant epitaph, your loved one’s monument will help you to appreciate and remember every memory you shared. Unfortunately, as time passes, the monument will lose some of its initial charm and appear somewhat dated. With the proper technique, you can restore the gravestone to a much better condition. And without semi-regular cleaning, the headstone will continue to become more… Read more »


Sandblasting Monuments: How Does it Work?

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At St. Charles Monuments, we believe a beautiful memorial can go a long way in reminding friends and family about the beauty of life. With each headstone, we do our best to create something that will speak to the power of their contributions throughout life. Although selecting a monument for a loved one can be an emotionally draining process, it’s comforting to know that a headstone will be a lasting testament to one’s life. All of our monument specials are sandblasted to deliver incredible detail on each headstone.   4 Part Sandblasting Process for Monuments 1. Image Rendering Before the… Read more »


5 Tips for Arranging a Funeral & Memorial for a Loved One

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After the death of a loved one, there are a lot of arrangements to make. In addition to purchasing the headstone and arranging the funeral, there are several other things to take care of. Communicating with other family members to select dates for services, telling family and friends about the wake, and other factors make this a difficult responsibility. At St. Charles Monuments, we do our best to help each family through this time with our expertise in headstone decoration and funeral planning. When planning your loved one’s funeral (or your own), keep the following points in mind.   1…. Read more »


Granite Memorial Benches: An alternative to conventional headstones

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Monument Benches Making funeral arrangements after the passing of a loved one is a stressful time for the entire family. In addition to reaching out to friends and family and scheduling a memorial service, deciding on a memorial is complicated. There are many different choices for a memorial, each with a slightly different point of focus. At St. Charles Monuments, we believe that a granite memorial bench is an elegant, personal way to honor a loved one’s memory.   Custom Options & Personalization for Your Memorial Bench   Just like a standard memorial gravestone, there are many ways that you… Read more »


Cremation: What Does This Mean for Memorials?

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During the grieving process, many people search for the “right” answer to all of their funeral questions. What is the right inscription for my loved one’s memorial? Which headstone style should I have? What material should the headstone be? The truth is, there aren’t simple answers for every question in this process. Most of these answers should be left to the family to decide, using the knowledge of their loved ones and best judgement. This is especially true when determining arrangements for those who are cremated. While some elect to simply place the urn in a sentimental location within the… Read more »


Epitaphs & Meaningful Tombstone Quotes

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When making funeral arrangements, selecting an epitaph can be a difficult and emotional process. Selecting a fitting inscription for a personalized monument is as important as choosing the right headstone for your loved one. At St. Charles Monuments, we understand that an epitaph should positively encapsulate one’s life. Inscriptions of various lengths can be included in our monument specials packages. There are many non-religious epitaphs that can remind visitors about their life’s accomplishments. Here are some of our favorite non-denominational epitaphs that are meaningful and applicable for many people. Secular Epitaphs An epitaph that is secular, or does not apply… Read more »


Why is a Double-Process Monument Better Than a Single-Process Monument?

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What’s the Difference? A monument that reflects the achievements, passions and family of you or your loved one is the best way to commemorate one’s life. We work our hardest to make this planning and purchasing process effortless during your difficult time. As it is included in our all-faith monument specials, we strongly recommend our double-process monuments. These double-process monuments are brighter, more legible and altogether more durable, lasting for generations to come. Monument Specials Monument Specials are Offered for All Long Island Cemeteries, and within the Tri-State Area View Now »   What is a double-process monument? Many monument… Read more »


Monument Shopping Pointers

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When a loved one passes away, it can be a very difficult time. Not only do surviving family members feel a sense of loss and a range of emotions, but there is also work to be done. Along with necessary funeral arrangements and casket selection, there comes the task of choosing a headstone for your loved one’s grave. The team at St. Charles monuments has been in this business for a long time, and therefore has a great deal of experience in helping families through this difficult process. Below we have provided some tips on how to best go about… Read more »


A Guide to Headstone Symbols

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If you visit a cemetery, you will notice a lot of symbols engraved onto many headstones. You may think that these symbols are chosen for headstones at random, but that’s far from true. Each symbol that is etched onto a gravestone has a very specific meaning. Usually the symbol has some sort of significance to the one who has passed. In order to understand these symbols, we have listed some popular ones below along with their meanings. Cross: Not only is a cross recognized as a symbol of the departed’s faith, but also signifies resurrection. If found in a military… Read more »


Cemetery Monument Cleaning Tips

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Many people like to keep the headstones of their loved ones properly maintained. There are several ways they practice this. Activities like bringing flowers, stones, and photos on a regular basis help friends and families keep the gravesite attractive and their loved one’s memory alive. In addition to these, people also find it helpful to clean the actual monument of their loved one’s grave. Cleaning a cemetery monument may seem like a simple idea. However, there are several factors to consider before paying a visit to the cemetery to do some routine maintenance. Can the Gravestone be Cleaned? Sometimes a… Read more »