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Can You Make Additions to an Existing Headstone?

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From time to time, families may decide they need to add something to an existing headstone. This can range from putting another deceased person’s name on the headstone if they’re buried nearby to adding a quote or image. Yes, you can make additions to an existing headstone – but it isn’t a quick process. At Merkle Monuments, we can make additions to existing headstones – in good condition – even if we did not provide the original headstone.   What’s Needed to Make an Addition? In order to make an addition to a memorial marker more quickly, we need to…

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Why You Should Buy from a Monument Dealer

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When planning a loved one’s funeral, you’re faced with a large number of decisions that need to be made in a short amount of time.  During this time, you may feel pressured to make decisions more quickly than you’re comfortable with, which can lead you to spending more money than is necessary. It may feel tempting to shop for your loved one’s headstone online, in the comfort of your own home. However, this can end up costing you in the long run, even if the price you’re initially quoted is lower. Here are 4 reasons you should always purchase headstones…

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5 Things You Should (and 5 You Shouldn’t) Leave at a Gravesite

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The gravesite of a loved one – or a much-admired public figure – can become a gathering place for the living to show their fondness for the departed and keep their memory alive. Sometimes, people want to leave an item at the gravesite as a remembrance, whether it’s flowers, a stuffed animal, or, in the case of William Faulkner’s grave, empty liquor bottles. While it may seem like a great idea to leave a little memento on someone’s grave as a memorial, there are some do’s and don’ts about the practice:   5 Things You Should Leave at Gravesites There…

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Buying a Headstone: Traditional Engraving vs. Laser Etching

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When selecting a headstone or plaque, one of the most basic choices you have to make is how you want to have pictures and words transferred onto the stone. For most modern headstones, the choice is typically between traditional engraving or laser etching. We’re going to give you a run-down on what is involved with each process, and some of the pros and cons of each method.   Traditional Engraving When you select traditional engraving, the person engraving the headstone uses a sharp tool to actually cut away the stone in the pattern you choose. This can be letters, numbers,…

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How to Plan a Memorial Service: 4 Tips

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Planning your loved one’s memorial service can be an added stress during a rough time. You want to do something that respects your loved one’s wishes, speaks to their personality, and honors their memory. But you also don’t want to plan anything that may upset or anger other attendees, especially if your loved one was unconventional in life. Here are 4 tips to help you plan a great memorial service for your loved one: Pick a Method Would your loved one have preferred a church service? Or is a secular memorial service a better testament to their memory? The type…

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The Evolution of Grave Markers: A Brief History

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Look in any old cemetery and you’re bound to see grave markers that are similarly shaped to those you see in modern cemeteries. They’re often marked with a name, birth year, and death year. But the similarities often stop there. Have grave markers always been slabs of stone stuck into the ground, carved with identifying information about the person buried in the plot? Learn more about the history of grave markers, and how we’ve gotten to the markers we use today:   Early Grave Markers The earliest grave markers can be traced back to the Celtic and Roman cultures of…

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4 Reasons to Choose a Memorial Bench to Remember a Loved One

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When looking for ways to memorialize a loved one, many families choose a headstone. For some, however, they want another way to remember their loved one beyond just a headstone.   Memorial benches are becoming an increasingly popular way for families, friends, and communities to commemorate those who have passed on in both private and public spaces.   Here are 4 reasons you should consider a memorial bench to remember your loved one:   Long-Lasting Planting a memorial garden or tree is a great way to provide a lasting reminder of a person who you loved.    But these remembrances…

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6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Headstone

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Choosing a headstone is more than just deciding what the engraving should be. Instead, you need to consider a variety of factors when selecting the right headstone for your loved one’s grave. Here are 6 important things to keep in mind when shopping for a headstone: Rules Some cemeteries have rules about what sizes, colors, and types of grave markers can be used. For example, one cemetery may only allow in-ground markers for ease of maintaining the landscaping. Others may limit the size of the stone, and still some may not allow extra items on a headstone, such as flower…

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13 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cemetery Plot

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Choosing a final resting place is more than just the bottom-line cost and location. You want to be sure you’re getting what you pay for and that you have a clear understanding of everything that’s included in your contract. Before you sign on the dotted line with any cemetery, ask these 13 important questions: How much does the plot cost, & are there additional fees? This is a pretty standard question, but an important one to ask. You may get a quote that, at first glance, seems high. But when you inquire further, you find out that number includes everything…

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How to Make a Headstone Inscription Rubbing

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Whether you’re a history buff or just want to be able to see that long-deceased relative’s headstone inscription a little better, taking a tombstone rubbing is a great way to preserve even hard-to-read headstones. Follow these 6 steps for a great grave marker rubbing on your next trip to do some genealogical research: Step 1: Make Sure It’s OK to Do a Rubbing Before you ever set out to make an inscription rubbing on a grave marker, make sure it’s allowed within the policies of the cemetery. Some cemeteries, especially historic ones with lots of precarious headstones, don’t allow the…

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