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Purchasing a Memorial: Some Considerations

     For many people, purchasing a cemetery monument can be confusing. It’s a decision made often at a time when you are dealing with heavy grief at the loss of a loved one. It’s not something you had planned on having to purchase, most people don’t sit around considering the many options for a memorial. You may be overwhelmed by so many options, too many to make a decision. Materials: Bronze, Granite or Marble. Granite color. To paint or not to paint the lettering. Design options; Do you lean toward civic awards and hobbies as reminders of life, or a more religious theme. Stone size and style. This may seem like too much but you aren’t alone, we’re here to help you each step of the way. There are a lot of options that come into planning a memorial, and I hope this blog will help you navigate some of the issues you may be dealing with. To help you to make an informed decision about what you want we have compiled this short list of tips. Keep reading to see some of the things that will make your monument purchase less difficult.

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     1. The first thing you need to know when purchasing a memorial is what cemetery your memorial will be placed in. The rules cemeteries employee can vary greatly from one to the next as far as shape, finish, size and even the material allowed in the cemetery. At Gaulden Monuments our design specialists are ready to assist you with determining what regulations may affect your memorial purchase.

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     2. It is important that you work with a monument maker that can bring all aspects of memorial design together. When you aren’t sure what art or symbol will capture a memory that is where design specialist come in, able to help you choose the right size, shape and color at a reasonable price. Our goal is more than just making a sale, we want to go beyond that and make sure you understand all these details.

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     3. We want you to feel comfortable with the abilities of our artists. There are galleries of our work located here. Not only can you get your imagination flowing for the kind of designs you’re drawn to, but you can see some of the beautiful work we have done for families like yours. The attention to detail, the craftsmanship, and the skill on display as a one of a kind memorial is created from a piece of stone.

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     4. Make sure the company you are using has a reputation for honesty and integrity, and that they have been around long enough that their word actually means something. All monuments at Gaulden Monuments are made from the highest quality stone, whether quarried in America, or one of the colors imported from other parts of the world, we take care that the product we pass along to you is memorial grade stone. We understand that while we may leave fingerprints on your stone as it passes through each stage of the creation process, this is a memorial for someone who has left fingerprints on your heart. It is so important to us that the finished product is something that is not only a quality work, but something you are pleased with. If you want to read what some of our customers have had to say about our service you can visit our customer testimonials at http://gauldenmonuments.com/testimonials/

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     5. For every memorial, we provide a proof drawing illustrating the memorial design and lettering so that you can view and approve the memorial before engraving. This is an important step in the memorial design process as you may desire to see elements of your memorial changed before final production. Nothing is so important to us as making sure we get this right for you.

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     6. Bring photos of your loved one and what they loved to draw inspiration for your monument design. Understanding who they were helps us create a memorial that forever speaks to the life of your loved one.

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     7. If you would like more information you can call us at 1-803-327-2760 or go to www.gauldenmonuments.com

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