Monuments are larger, two piece headstones. The upright piece is referred to as the die, or, tablet. The lower piece, on which the upright rests, is referred to as the base. They can range in size from very small, not much higher than a wedge marker, to 3′, 4′ and much, much larger. In fact, we recently installed a monument consisting of 6 major pieces nearly 8 1/2′ in height and weighing over 3 tons (see here). Generally, anything over 3′ – 3 1/2′ is “pinned” – holes drilled in both pieces and steel rods used extending into both pieces. And, they can be even larger. However, the typical monument you generally see in a cemetery runs between 2′ and 3′ in overall height and a width between 2 1/2′ and 5′ and weighing an average of 1/2 ton more/less. They generally cost more than wedges, though a smaller one in basic gray might run less than a fancy wedge with base and vases. The starting cost of a monument is based on the size (cubic footage) to which is added stone color, and other additions (such as photos, laser etching etc.). We do not charge extra for design work, lettering, emblems, inscriptions etc. Below are just a very few of the monuments we have produced and installed over the years and have been selected to show a variety and how yours can be personalized also.
The above examples are intended to illustrate the wide variety we can provide. You don’t have to pick from these. In fact, we have had people bring in their own drawings and have produced nice headstones from their design. Or, you can pick from 100s of stock designs and lay-outs. Let us help you get something nice at a price you can afford. Call today.