When purchasing a permanent cemetery memorial for a loved one, you want to make sure you get it right the first time. Unlike purchasing a haircut, meal, clothing or most any other product or service, you are not afforded the opportunity to try again if you are unsatisfied the first time. The cost, let alone the fact that a headstone is one of the final purchases made for a loved one, makes it unlikely. Therefore, it is very important to take your time and perform the necessary due diligence required to ensure you get it right the first time. The first place to start is in evaluating the monument dealer you plan to purchase from.
At Myer Memorials we focus on 3 things, product quality, customer service, and price.
The end result of all your efforts in purchasing a memorial is to have an everlasting memorial to your loved one. One that can be peacefully looked upon for years as you visit your loved one's grave. It is therefore very important that the quality of the product and the craftsmanship is first rate. How do you determine what is first rate? Depending on the type of memorial and the material used, there are several factors to consider. Here are the most important ones broken into two categories – sandblasted headstones and bronze grave markers.
Our headstones are made using high pressure air and sand that are used to carve the details (design and lettering) into the surface of a granite or marble headstone. Some things to look for are:
- Adequate depth of lettering – All of our headstones use a deep cut design. The deeper the cut the more the contrast will show under natural lighting.
- Shallow carving – We use this type of carving when it is on a very dark color of granite such as black. In this case it is preferable to lightly carve the lettering into the stone's surface as this will allow maximum light to reflect off the carved areas providing the best contrast.
- Lettering finish - Our lettering has crisp edges and is properly aligned with consistent spacing. Make certain the floating areas of letters such as A, B, R, and P's are intact.
- Design elements – Our designs look proportional and appear pleasing to the eye. Of course on black granite, surface etching will look great as well.
Since granite is a product of nature it is acceptable for solid granite colors to have minor blemishes. These slight imperfections give your loved one's monument its unique character. During the quarrying process it is difficult if not impossible to procure a perfectly even colored piece of granite.
Bronze Grave Markers
Bronze grave markers consist of a bronze plaque mounted to a granite base and in most cases have a flower vase. They are made using a casting method in which molten bronze is poured into a special mold made from sand.
- Lettering and dates – All of our lettering and dates are aligned properly with no individual letters being crooked. We make sure the letters are uniform in size.
- Relief work – The raised areas of the bronze design, also known as relief work, has adequate definition and the raised portions are properly highlighted.
- Bronze finish – Paint and clear coat is applied evenly and there are no runs in it. The raised portions of the design and lettering are typically polished to reveal the natural bronze coloring. This provides a nice contrast and should look as good as examples you see in the brochures or images provided.
Customer service plays such an important role in the purchase of any item, but in situations where emotions are involved it is often regarded as the most important aspect of the whole experience. Since a person purchasing a headstone is at some stage in the grieving process, it is always important to recognize this fact and for a monument consultant to treat them with the utmost care and consideration.
At Myer Memorials we want you to feel as though your interests are being taken care of by the entire company.
Since you are purchasing a customized memorial that can take several weeks to complete, there is the chance that you will be in contact with us throughout the duration of the whole process. We want to ensure a quality, seamless transaction for you and your family.
Price is one of the most important aspects of any purchase. You don't want to overspend, but you don't want buy on the cheap and sacrifice on quality either.
One of the easiest ways is to shop around and compare. Unlike the limited amount of time one has when planning a funeral, you can take your time when purchasing a headstone and become informed. Check the cemetery price and compare it ours.
Typically cemeteries and monument companies will be priced higher, but offer you the option of seeing actual samples. Online monument dealers cannot provide a physical showroom.
In general cemeteries, monument dealers, funeral homes and online monument sellers get their products from a variety of different sources making it almost impossible to compare pricing on an even field.
The best way to compare pricing is to make sure you are getting a quote for the same size headstone or bronze memorial from each company. Also, make sure the following memorial attributes are the same or similar for comparison sake:
- Headstone design
- Emblems or design elements i.e. praying hands, angel, military emblem, etc.
- Number of additional letters for an epitaph
- Granite color
- Granite finish – all polished die or polished only on the front and back, etc.
- Headstone accessories - vases, ceramic pictures, etc.
After the sale is finalized you want to be able to look back on this purchase experience with no regrets. Making a bad choice in choosing the wrong monument dealer will not only add strain to an already difficult time in your life, but there will be a constant reminder each time you visit your loved one's grave. At Myer Memorials we want to make sure you have the best quality for the best price with superior customer service.