Get the Facts About Purchasing a Grave Marker
For burial in a cemetery, most people choose a memorial tablet (grave marker) to honor their loved one’s final resting place. Because purchasing a memorial tablet is not something many people have experience with, it’s natural to have some confusion during the process, especially because there are so many options. Avoid rushing into making a decision about a marker, as you don’t want to face the inconvenience and expense of replacing it again in the future. These facts will make purchasing a grave marker easier.
Research the Rules of the Cemetery
All cemeteries have rules about what kinds of markers are allowed. Be sure you know the rules of the cemetery before you make any purchase decisions. Ask about the allowed dimensions, colors, and materials, so that you don’t inadvertently purchase a marker that cannot be used at the cemetery of your choice. In some cases, cemeteries offer markers of their own for sale, which can simplify the process of choosing one that meets the cemetery guidelines.
Weigh the Pros and Cons of the Materials
Memorial tablets come in a variety of materials, each with their own set of pros and cons. Bronze and granite tend to be the most popular choices, because they are extremely durable and can stand up to harsh weather conditions with minimal upkeep. Inglewood Park Cemetery allows only bronze and granite for these reasons. Crypt plates and niche plates are also available in bronze, or a combination of bronze and granite. In addition, some niche fronts can be engraved.
Consider Future Needs
If you are choosing a grave marker for a family estate, consider how additional grave markers will be added in the future. Consult one of our Family Service Counselors about design restrictions in your family estate area. Material, size and uniformity have been determined for optimum aesthetic and space considerations.
At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of memorial tablets, and we allow upright grave markets in portions of our cemetery in the Los Angeles area. We’re here to answer your questions about this important decision. Contact us today at (310) 412-6500 for more information.