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Tips for Cleaning a Memorial

January 22, 2020

Many people find that visiting their loved ones’ graves brings them a sense of peace and connection to the departed person. Part of that peace comes from a well-maintained grave, as opposed to walking up, seeing an unkempt or possibly even broken marker and feeling that no one cares. As a monument maker in Phillipsburg, NJ, we often have clients asking us about the best way to keep a memorial clean and maintained. Depending on the type of headstone, your cleaning method will be different. Bronze markers Bronze markers should be cleaned twice a year to keep the protective coating... View Article

What Material Is Recommended for a Memorial Marker?

January 8, 2020

Headstones and cemetery markers are a common sight in Western cemeteries. Whether vertical tombstones with elaborate etching or simple in-ground bronze markers, many people look for markers that will stand the test of time. After all, it is a way to honor a loved one’s life, as we hope that they will remain in the collective memory for a long time. If you’ve ever been to a historic cemetery, you’ve seen how the ravages of time have had an effect on stone monuments: some are barely legible after centuries of being exposed to the elements. While still beautiful, they no... View Article

Do Funeral Homes Offer Payment Plans?

December 9, 2019

Sometimes death comes when we least expect it, particularly if our loved one was young and healthy. Even when faced with age and illness, not everyone has a will, burial plan or money set aside to cover end-of-life expenses, including the services of a monument maker in Phillipsburg, NJ. That can be devastating for the survivors—not only because they’re grieving a death, but because they also have to figure out how to pay those costs when there’s no extra money available. The average cost of a funeral and burial in the United States is around $10,000, whereas a direct cremation... View Article

What Happens When a Loved One Dies Out of Town?

November 25, 2019

Although we all hope that we’ll never have to deal with this particular problem, the fact that travel is cheaper and more accessible than ever makes it more likely that your loved one may die out of town, across state lines or even in another country. While you’re dealing with your grief, you may not realize what’s involved in getting their remains back home, or what the first step in the process might be. Typically, you will be dealing with two funeral homes: one in the place where the death occurred and one in the location where you’d like your... View Article

Can I Scatter Ashes in a National Park or Other Landmark?

October 10, 2019

After a loved one has been cremated, you have several options when it comes to the cremains. Perhaps you’d like to have a cremation monument made in Phillipsburg, NJ, or maybe you’d prefer to scatter the ashes at a meaningful site. Scattering your loved one’s ashes can be a beautiful expression of closure—but you need to make sure the location allows it before you proceed. For many, the act of releasing their loved one’s remains into a stunning landscape can bring peace and finality that other memorials didn’t provide. We’re often asked if we know whether you can scatter ashes... View Article

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