FAQs Regarding Grave Markers and Headstones

FAQs Regarding Grave Markers and Headstones

July 21, 2020

The process of planning a funeral and burial can be overwhelming for family members who have very recently experienced a significant loss. One of the many considerations family members of the deceased will need to take into account (if they weren’t left any instructions in the matter) is the grave marker or headstone used at the cemetery plot.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the questions we most frequently receive about grave markers and headstones in Phillipsburg, NJ.

How much does a headstone cost?

The cost will vary widely depending on the kind of material and the type of marker you’re interested in, so it’s best to call in to get a quote. You will be able to find high-quality options in all price ranges.

What kind of options do I have for grave markers and headstones?

You can find anything from small, simple grave markers with only names and dates to large, complex headstones and monuments with intricate designs and features. If you’ve ever walked through a cemetery before, you’ve probably seen a wide range of grave markers—there’s no shortage of options available, both in terms of materials and designs.

How long can I take to decide on a grave marker?

There aren’t any hard-and-fast rules regarding how long you can take to choose your marker, though there may be some restrictions as to when you can actually put the marker down and how soon you can do so. You’ll want the grave marker before the funeral, at the very least.

How do I choose what to put on a grave marker?

What you put on the grave marker in Phillipsburg, NJ is entirely up to you and your family. There’s a possibility your deceased loved one may have left instructions in their will, in which case you should follow their wishes. Otherwise, beyond names and dates, some people add meaningful quotes, photos, meaningful designs or descriptors of their deceased loved one.

Keep in mind that you can always add something to the headstone or marker later on if you decide you want to expand your lettering or designs, but it’s best to get the design done right away just so you know you’re working with a stone that hasn’t seen any weathering.

Will the funeral home or monument company assist me in my decision?

Yes, the professionals will be happy to provide you with whatever assistance you need. They’ll help you make your decision based on factors such as appearance, durability, the wishes of the deceased, the preferences of family members and your own budget for the marker.

How long will it take to complete the marker I order?

It will take a little bit of time for your marker to be made—custom markers with intricate designs might take several weeks. Simple markers, however, might not take long at all. You should discuss this with the monument company representatives you’re working with, as they will be able to give you a better sense of the expected time frame.

For more information about choosing what to put on a grave marker in Phillipsburg, NJ, contact the team at Phillipsburg Memorial Company today.

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