What do I need to know before ordering a headstone?
The first and most
important thing to know is what type of headstone can be placed in
the cemetery. We have information for most cemeteries restrictions
regulating the headstone. We also have contacts for most cemeteries
if more information is necessary.
Why does the cemetery make me feel like I can only buy from them?
Cemeteries are in
business to make a profit and when they lose potential customers,
they do not make money. It is not unheard of that a cemetery will
use tactics to dissuade a customer from purchasing from an outside
Will the cemetery accept a headstone purchased from you?
Yes, as long as the
headstone meets their requirements they are legally bound to accept
the memorial. It is your choice to purchase a headstone from
wherever you like.
Can the cemetery charge me an installation fee if I purchase from
The truth is if they
charge an installation fee for a headstone purchased from an outside
source, they must also charge if the headstone is purchased from
them. You should not be penalized for purchasing from another
I add a vase to an existing headstone?
If you already have a
headstone for your loved one and want to add a flower vase unit we
can help. We offer a bronze vase unit mounted to a granite base. It
can be placed above the existing headstone so flowers can be
displayed in honour of the deceased.
is the difference between a bronze and a sandblasted granite
Bronze is an alloy that
is made primarily of copper and tin. It has been in use for
thousands of years and is one of the strongest alloys on earth. It
will endure the natural elements for years to come. Bronze
headstones consist of a bronze plaque mounted on a base of granite.
The design, name and dates are all cast onto the plaque in the form
of a relief sculpture. Granite is a product of nature. It is one of
the hardest stones known to man and comes in an array of beautiful
colours. When brought to a polish it provides a rich and deep luster
that is both appealing to the eye and enduring of the natural
elements. Modern technology has enabled us to engrave granite by
means of sandblasting. It is a very efficient and precise method of
memorializing a departed loved one. Granite headstones are the most
common in cemeteries.
If I purchase a pre-need grave headstone who will take care of
adding my death date?
If you have purchased a
pre-need grave headstone and are concerned about the addition of the
death date, it is recommended you instruct a family member to do one
of the following. If it is a bronze headstone supply them with a
copy of the original receipt so they can contact us and order a date
of death scroll to be mounted on the bronze. If it is a sandblasted
granite headstone you should instruct them to contract us or a
local monument dealer to add the date of death to the headstone.
you do lettering in a different language?
We can engrave on
granite headstones most foreign languages that use the English
alphabet plus Chinese, Korean, Hebrew, and Arabic for no additional
are your qualifications?
monument builders such as Excelsior Monuments have generations of
skills and experience handed down to provide and guide you to a
satisfying memorial purchase.
Please contact us if we can be of any service to you, or just to answer
questions that you may have...