Choosing a Monument


What do you need to know before you start?
Before you begin, check with the cemetery to find out if there are any rules or restrictions on the type, size or colour of monument you may install.

    Questions you might ask

  • Is there a restriction on the type of monument? For example, only markers which are level with the ground may be permitted in a certain area or cemetery.
  • Is there any restriction on the size of the monument? For example, there may be a limit on the height or width of a monument.
  • Is there any restrictions on the colour of the monument? Granite comes in many colours ranging from black to white and numerous shades in between, as well as red, mahogany, blue and green, to name a few.
  • Is there any restriction on including a vase or placement of a vase as part of the monument.

What is important to you?
Before you begin, it is helpful to think about what is important to you. A monument serves many purposes. It is more than a statement of a person’s name, date of birth and date of death.
A monument is your memorial to the person. What do you want that memorial to express?

    The monument may

  • contain a verse or saying which reflects the person’s life, their beliefs or their accomplishments
  • display a picture of the person reproduced on porcelain or etched in granite or bronze
  • display a picture or symbol paying tribute to the person and who they were in life

What do you want to memorialize? What do you want the monument to say about the person?