Let’s be honest: the purchase of a memorial or monument for a loved on is not only a huge investment of money, but also one of time. Choosing what type of monument will memorialize your loved one after the passing can be a daunting task, and should be handled with as much thought and care as possible. At St. Charles Monuments, we advise careful and patient planning when purchasing a memorial, but sometimes life passes at its own pace and this type of planning is unavailable. In either case, we’ve created this crash course and overview to better help you understand and methodize the monument purchasing process.
Where NOT To Choose a Monument
First off, we felt it important to remove the confusion surround a common misconception- it is not necessary that you purchase a monument from a funeral home or cemetery. While this bundling of services may seem like a natural choice, as it ease’s the process, it severely limits the creative freedom with which you can help enshrine your loved ones. Whether immediate or pre-planned arrangements are made, know that you have the absolute choice in how you or your loved one will be remembered.
Know Your Cemetery’s Policies
Many cemeteries have rules and regulations regarding the burial of a loved one, and your local monument company can be an excellent resource in understanding and following these rules. Since most of these rules center around the size and type of monument available, it is important to check these regulations before purchasing a memorial. Always consult with your monument builder before purchasing a cemetery plot.
The Next Steps..
After finding a plot and understand how the earliest stages of the monument purchasing process begin, it is important to begin the process of selecting a monument. In next week’s post, we will discuss the various types of monuments, and the best practices for considering them. For more information on your local cemeteries policies, don’t hesitate to contact St. Charles Monuments. We’re happy to help.