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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Photo for a Headstone

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As technology has evolved, so has what that technology is able to produce. That means that traditional headstones with a name and some dates, maybe an epitaph, have grown into beautiful tributes that can showcase a photo of the dearly departed for all to see. If you’re considering a photo headstone for yourself or someone you love, here’s what you need to know about choosing the right photo for the job: Choose the Correct Photo Type Your first task is to choose what type of photo you want engraved. Most families opt for a headshot-type photo of their loved one,…

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How to Plan for Family Plots or Companion Graves

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Death is something most people would rather not think about until they have to. However, when it comes to purchasing a burial plot, it’s crucial to plan ahead.  This is because burial land is becoming more and more scarce. As most cemeteries reach full capacity, the price of plots is increasing, and if you wait too long, you might not be able to secure the final resting place you’ve always envisioned.  Planning ahead is especially crucial for those who are hoping to be buried alongside their loved ones. Companion graves take up more space, so you’ll need to secure these…

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4 Tips for Planning a Military Funeral

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Planning a funeral is a huge responsibility, especially if the deceased person served in the military. Veterans are eligible for certain honors and benefits as provided by the Veterans Association, or VA. These options allow you to properly honor the life that was lost as well as their sacrifice, service, and dedication to our country. But they can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin. Here are our tips for planning a military funeral. Contact the VA to Receive Benefits The VA may help cover some of the costs of the funeral, but it is your…

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What Is a Cemetery Vault?

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If you are planning to bury a loved one, you may have heard you need to purchase a cemetery vault. But what is a cemetery vault, and is it really necessary? When a person is buried, a casket is typically used to protect their body from the elements. Over time, the surrounding earth can shift, the landscape will be altered by other burials, and the water table naturally fluctuates. This can cause damage to the casket, and eventually, the deceased person. A cemetery vault is a type of sealed container that the casket is placed into. It reinforces the burial space and…

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What Is Aquamation?

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When a person is planning their end-of-life arrangements, there are a lot of choices to make. One of these choices is what happens to the body.  Traditional burials and flame cremations have been the two most common options in our culture for a very long time. But recently, as people have become more conscious of their environmental impact, alternative methods of disposition have become accessible.  One of these methods is aquamation, also known as “alkaline hydrolysis,” “green cremation,” and “flameless cremation.” How Does Aquamation Work? Aquamation takes advantage of the natural decomposition process and the dissolving powers of water.  This…

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6 Steps to Planning a Graveside Burial

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When it comes to the ceremony of honoring your deceased loved one, there are a few options available.  One way to do this is a graveside burial. This ceremony occurs at the burial site, typically after the casket is already in place, or right before it is to be lowered. A graveside ceremony can also be held for people who are cremated, such as at a mausoleum or other place of interment.  Benefits to a Graveside Burial There are many reasons you might choose a graveside burial service.  Typically, these services are quicker and less expensive than a full funeral…

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Guide to Headstone Terminology

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Organizing the funerary arrangements of a loved one is a huge responsibility. As you begin your research, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the options available.  Choosing a headstone is a difficult process for most people, and it can be all the more confusing if you are unaware of the terminology associated with laying a person to rest. Luckily, Merkle Monuments is here to help. With a better understanding of the jargon, you can have more confidence in choosing the perfect memorial for the person you have lost. Here is our beginners guide to headstone terminology: Memorial: A structure or…

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How Long Does It Take to Set a Headstone?

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Often, the final step of putting your loved one to rest is setting the headstone at the site of the grave.  Movies and television may mislead some people into thinking the headstone can be erected at the same time as the burial. But this is not true. There is at least a several weeks’ wait in between, most of the time it’s several months. There are many factors that affect the timeline of setting a headstone, including the regulations of the cemetery. Here is everything you need to know about how long it really takes to set a headstone: Letting…

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Pre-Need vs. At-Need Headstones

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Preparing for your funeral and end-of-life arrangements while you’re still perfectly healthy might feel a little morbid. But for many people, discussing these wishes before their passing can bring peace of mind to them and their family members.  In fact, in recent years, the demand for pre-need headstones has increased, as more people are choosing to take their funeral decisions into their own hands. Read on to discover if pre-need or at-need headstone is right for you. At-Need Headstones There are not many benefits to buying a headstone the moment you need it.  After a loved one passes, there are…

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Where Do Granite Headstones Come From?

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Headstones have always taken a journey from the quarry to the cemetery, but modern headstones are traveling farther than ever. If you’ve ever wondered where granite headstones come from, we’ve got your answer! Where Does the Granite for Headstones Come From? Modern granite headstones, built to last for centuries, come from quarries around the world. Some common locations include Vermont, Georgia, Canada, India, China, and Sweden. In many cases, manufacturers source the stones as locally as possible to save on the burden of shipping potentially fragile stones long distances. However, there is a growing trend of American headstone creators sourcing…

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