Keep in mind that your cemetery regulations may specify what style of memorial you are allowed to have.  If your unsure, contact us to verify.  The basic styles are pictured below;  flush, bevel, slant, slant on base, and monuments, followed by three non-traditional styles; bench, boulder, and cremation memorials.  Adaptations can be made to any of these memorials to personalize them for you.  For detailed information on each style, click the link below the photo.

 

Upright Monument

 

Benefits:

Easiest to find in the cemetery
Largest design area available
Can easily be shaped in a wide variety of custom shapes, like a heart, tear drop, car, horse, etc.
Stays clean longer than other styles
Base of monument protects from mower damage
Can be cored to receive cremated remains
Can be read from a distance
Offers lots of room on back for design, lettering and mounting a Veteran's bronze plaque if family desires

Concerns:

None

Slant Monument

 

Benefits:

Larger design area allows for more information and bigger letters
Can be read from a greater distance. Stays much cleaner than flush or bevel markers
A Veteran's bronze service plaque can be attached to the back
By adding a base ( shown on left) you get extra height for visibility and lawnmower protection 
A base at least 8" in height can be cored to receive cremated remains

Concerns:

While the family name, children's names, or other information can be placed on the back it may limit the ability of mounting the Veteran's bronze plaque
Without a base a lawnmower can chip the lower face if sexton is not careful  

 

Flush Style Marker

 

Benefits:

The cemetery has a consistent appearance
Flush markers make it easier to mow grass

Concerns:

Lawnmowers may run over flowers, vases, or personal items left at the grave
Markers overgrow with grass just like a driveway or sidewalk
You need to be standing over it to read it, making it difficult to find a grave

Bevel Style Marker, also referred to as Pillow or Hickey markers

 

Benefits:

Above ground and easier to see than flush markers
Slight slope to top makes it easier to read and will stay clean longer than a flat marker
If  8” or taller they can be cored to receive cremated remains

Concerns:

You still need to be within 5 to 10  feet to read the marker making it hard to find

Cremation Memorials

 

Benefits:

Permanently houses cremains in a sealed, dry, above ground natural unit
Allows grave space to be used for standard interment
Provides a permanent, historical, remembrance spot

Concerns:

Cemetery regulations may dictate use and determine how many cremains may be placed in memorial