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Making the Right Decision (How to Choose a Memorial):

 

Choosing a marker or monument is something that should be done with great care.  As Northern Colorado's Certified Memorialist's we'd like to suggest some considerations.  The memorial you choose will be a permanent tribute to the life of the deceased.

  • Our best advice is to let some time go by after the death before choosing a memorial.  It is difficult and expensive to replace if you decide you made a mistake.
  • It is best to get a recommendation from a trusted source for the independent-retail monument builders in your area, one that is familiar with the rules and regulations that will be a part of your decision.
  • If possible, personally go to the monument company and look at the quality of the memorials they provide.
  • Decide on the material for the marker or monument.  Granite is the most popular and comes in a variety of colors, but you may choose marble.  Bronze is also a choice and sometimes required by certain cemeteries or memorial parks. 
  • Shape and size will also be choices.  Flower vases, permanent memorial portraits and other accessories are all decisions in creating a personalized memorial. 
  • Cost of the memorial will be determined by the above decisions, as well as to the amount of information, graphics and carvings you choose.
  • Before the information is carved into the stone you should approve a final layout of the design on paper, or visit the company and see the actual layout of the stencil on the stone.
  • 8-12 weeks is a typical time for completion of the marker or monument.
  • If possible, check the memorial to be sure it is correct before it is delivered.  There will always be a foundation, setting or installation fee of varying amounts, most often collected from the monument company on behalf of the cemetery or memorial park.

If you do not live in Northern Colorado, look for a monument company that is a member of the Monument Builders of North America (MBNA) or the American Institute of Commemorative Art (AICA).

These members generally adhere to strict professional standards and have dedicated themselves to their art and craft.

 
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