- Your Right to Choose
- How to avoid three common mistakes when selecting
- What to look for in a monument retailer
- Things to know about your cemetery
- Reasons to buy a monument before death
- When cremation occurs
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Right to Choose
If you are like most people, you regard the purchase of
a monument as the final tribute you can offer your deceased loved one. To make
this important purchase wisely, you need to know about the variety of monuments
and markers available. You also need to be aware of local cemetery
regulations...and how those regulations may affect your right to purchase the
memorial of your choice, from a monument retailer of your choosing.
avoid three common mistakes when selecting a monument
Wait until you are ready after the death of a loved one
before going to your local monument retailer to select a monument. Only you know
when the time is right.
Avoid monuments that are carbon copies of others placed
in your cemetery. Your loved one was special. The monument you choose should
portray that uniqueness.
Don't order solely from pictures. There are important
differences in colors and finishes which cannot be observed except by seeing and
touching the real thing. It is important to do business with an established
look for in a monument retailer
A stable and honest business reputation, with a
full-time commitment to selling monuments. You want a firm that was in business
yesterday and will be in business tomorrow.
An attractive display where you may view a selection of
monuments in different sizes, colors, materials and styles. This allows you to
see a wide range of choices available before deciding on your monument
Ability to listen...to counsel...to help you create a
monument that is artistically designed and personalized this way, you can turn a
monument into a “memorial”.
Knowledge of your cemetery's rules and regulations
governing types and sizes of monuments. You need to know right away if the
cemetery has restrictions which will limit your free choice of a monument.
policy which is fair and reasonable. Most monument retailers request a down
payment with the balance due when the monument is placed in the cemetery.
Cemeteries have different rules and regulations
regarding monuments and markers. Before you buy a cemetery lot, ask what kinds
of monuments and markers are permitted. Your monument retailer is a good source
of information on cemetery policies in your community.
Some cemeteries (often called memorial parks) only
allow flat – or lawn level markers. If your lot is in this kind of cemetery, you
could never place a traditional upright monument there.
Some cemeteries only allow upright monuments in certain
sections. Or they may impose restrictions on the size, which could severely
limit your choice. When you purchase a cemetery lot, be sure you know if
traditional upright monuments are allowed and if there are limitations on
location and size.
Many cemeteries charge a variety of fees for
installation of the monument, perpetual care and other add-on services. Some
cemeteries will tell a customer that they are the only ones who can install a
monument or that installation costs are a part of the lot price. This is illegal
in many places. Ask questions before you buy a cemetery lot, and be sure you
receive satisfactory answers.
Your local monument retailer will help you get answers
to your questions about the right choice for the monument you want to purchase.
Remember – The monument will endure for generations. Both monument and cemetery
lot are purchases of lasting importance.
Increasingly, people are choosing to purchase their own
monument before death. By planning ahead, you can select the style, size and
color you prefer. Through a personalized design which you help to create, the
monument can reflect your beliefs, values, whatever is meaningful you you. What
do you want to tell future generations about yourself and your family? This is
your chance to make your personal statement for history.
You can save money, too, when you buy a monument before
the need arises. Like everything else, it will cost less now than in years to
The best consumer is an educated one...whether your
purchase is a car, house or a monument.
Always remember...you have the right to choose.
People frequently ask: “What about cremation? Can
I still have a monument?
It is still important to place a monument where the
ashes are buried. Some cemeteries are setting aside sections for this purpose.
All the reasons for having a monument...love,
remembrance, tribute...still prevail, whether cremation is used or not.
This information has been provided as a public service
by Monument Builders of North America.
Fantini Monuments will work with you to create the
monument that is right for you.