Memorial Monuments

A History of the Memorial Monument

Interested in the history of the memorial grave marker?  Click the title above to read about the long-time tradition of marking a loved one's grave.

Choosing the Appropriate Marker

Choosing a memorial monument for a family member can be a daunting task; what type of memorial marker is appropriate for someone that was so special and so dear to so many? Certainly, you will want to choose something that reflects an important aspect, event, or interest in his or her life. The staff here at Woodlawn Funeral Home are prepared to assist you with making an educated decision on choosing a fitting, time-withstanding marker for your loved one or for yourself when you are ready.

There are some things to consider before making such an important decision and we hope that this page helps you when you become ready to place a permanent memorial marker. Take some time to review the information and feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have. We can be reached at 704-820-0608 or by Email at Our "Contact Us" page may also be used to make general inquiries about our merchandise or services.

Cemetery Regulations

One of the first things to consider when preparing to purchasing a memorial marker are the cemetery's regulations concerning same. Most cemeteries, even local family and church cemeteries, regulate the markers that are placed within their grounds. The cemetery's rules and regulations outline certain requirements such as size, material, and types of markers that allowed. Before ordering a marker our staff will assist you in checking the requirements of the cemetery where you plan on placing the marker. Memorial markers are often installed some time after the funeral and burial, to allow for any ground settlement, this allows you the time to consult with our staff to ensure you are ordering a marker that reflects the individual for whom it is intended to memorialize as well as one that is allowed by the cemetery.

Choosing a Memorial Marker

As stated above, knowing the cemetery regulations will help you to make your decision on the style of marker to use. Many memorial markers are adorned not only with the deceased's name, dates of birth and death, but also with some befitting symbolism. It may be that you choose something that reflects an important aspect of their life or interests, something they are remembered for, their military service, or you may just choose one of the many common symbolic themes such as angels, doves, a candle, a cross, lilies, praying hands, etc.

You can generally chose from granite, marble and bronze as the material from which a memorial marker is manufactured. Typically, when discussing memorial markers there are four main types: monuments (which stand upright), slants (which are more wedge-shaped), markers (which are typically flat) and benches (which offer seating). In most instances, you can chose from either a single or companion marker. Loved ones many times choose to be buried together and purchasing a companion marker may save money in these instances.

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