How long does it take to order a memorial?
The timeframe for completing your memorial is influenced by several factors, such as granite selection, its origin (whether domestic or imported), and our engraving schedule. If we order the granite, it can take 2-3 months for arrival. After that, there's the process of uncrating, processing, and engraving. However, please note that timelines can vary based on different providers.
When should I start looking to purchase a memorial?
The right time to consider a memorial varies for everyone. Some begin their search shortly after a loved one's passing, while for others, it may take years. It's a deeply personal decision, and you should approach it when you feel most comfortable.
Is the best time to purchase a memorial immediately post-funeral?
The decision on when to purchase a memorial is deeply personal and varies from individual to individual. While some families find solace in arranging a memorial soon after a funeral, others may prefer to take more time. Ketterhagen Memorials understands the uniqueness of every individual's journey and offers both immediate as well as pre-planned memorials. This flexibility ensures that you can make decisions at a pace that feels right for you.
If I bought my memorial elsewhere, can you install it?
Unfortunately, we don't install memorials purchased from other suppliers due to the potential risks and liabilities. We prioritize the quality and grade of our products and can't guarantee the same for items from outside vendors. With Ketterhagen Memorials, your purchase is backed by our assurance: if any damage occurs before installation, we'll replace it at no extra cost.
Are there specific rules or restrictions for memorials set by cemeteries?
Absolutely. Most cemeteries have defined regulations regarding the style, size, and shape of memorials. Some might even adjust their rules based on a particular section of the cemetery. Ketterhagen Memorials boasts extensive expertise in this area and is familiar with the guidelines of nearly all area cemeteries, ensuring we can seamlessly guide you in your selection.
What are family plots in cemeteries, and how do they relate to memorials?
Family plots are designated areas within cemeteries reserved for multiple members of the same family. Traditionally, these plots serve as a communal resting place, symbolizing family unity even in the afterlife. Over the years, their prominence has diminished, but their significance remains in many cultures and traditions.
As family dynamics evolve, memorials within these plots might undergo changes or additions. If you're considering updates or additions to an existing family plot, it's crucial to evaluate current memorials for granite type, size, and engraving style to maintain a harmonious appearance. At Ketterhagen Memorials, we offer a complimentary assessment of existing family plots, ensuring that your new tribute seamlessly integrates while respecting and honoring past remembrances.
Should the memorial account for one or two individuals?
This typically depends on family situations. For instance, married couples often opt for a joint memorial. It's generally more cost-effective to purchase a single, larger "double" memorial than two separate ones, making the decision more straightforward.
Can a memorial cater to both traditional burials and cremations?
Yes, they can. Typically, multiple cremations can be interred in a single grave space, though this isn't universally true for every cemetery. At Ketterhagen Memorials, we're well-versed in crafting memorials suitable for both traditional burials and cremations, ensuring that our designs reflect your specific needs while adhering to cemetery guidelines. Visit our headstone or monument pages for more specifics on materials.
What materials are commonly used for memorials?
Most memorials are crafted from granite or bronze. Granite offers longevity, enduring for centuries with minimal wear, while bronze requires certification of its composition by the producer.