How Long Can I Expect It to Take to Make a Memorial or Headstone?

How Long Can I Expect It to Take to Make a Memorial or Headstone?

October 27, 2020

A common question people have when purchasing memorials or headstones for gravesites is how long they can expect it to take for the work on the headstone to be completed. There is no single overarching answer here, because there are so many different types of headstones and memorials, meaning the estimated time for you might be totally different than for someone else. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the logistics of headstone manufacturing, and custom monument production is taking a bit longer than usual due to these circumstances.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the factors most likely to influence the time it takes to complete a made-to-order memorial or headstone in Phillipsburg, NJ:

  • Design preferences: The general design you will use for the memorial will be the biggest factor influencing how long it will take to create. Specific designs, etchings or more in-depth, sophisticated designs will obviously take longer than a basic memorial with almost no special design elements.
  • Material: There are many different types of materials used in the creation of memorials or headstones. The most common is granite, but you can find other stones and materials as well. You can find just about any style of stone, though some may be more difficult to obtain than others, especially if you want a very specific, hard-to-find color. If you go with a unique material or style of rock, then you might have to wait a little bit longer for the finished product.
  • Size and shape: As you might expect, the larger and more intricate the headstone is, the more time it will take to complete. This is especially true if you’re looking to have a unique shape crafted outside of the standard template offerings from the monument company. Such personalized creations will not only take more time to complete, but will also cost you significantly more money for the customization.
  • Payments: Before the monument company can deliver you a finished product, you’ll need to have all payments and approvals figured out. This means either covering the costs or setting up a payment plan, and then getting the signatures and approvals from all the necessary parties, which might include funeral directors or family members, to approve the design. In addition, you’ll need to get approval from the cemetery for certain types of headstones and memorials. Cemeteries frequently have rules regarding the kinds and sizes of headstones and memorials that are allowed on their premises—think of it as being similar to HOA rules for what you are or are not allowed to do to your home and property.

You can help the process go faster by making sure you get all necessary approvals in advance, and that you are efficient with making your payments. Choosing a material that is already in stock will allow the company to get working on the monument right away, rather than having to wait until your specific type of stone becomes available.

These are just a few examples of some of the factors that determine how long it will take to create a headstone. For more information about the development of made-to-order memorials in Phillipsburg, NJ, contact Phillipsburg Memorial Company today.

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