soon should a stone be purchased after a loved one dies?
This is entirely up to the family and what their desires
Some families want to have the grave marked as soon as
possible.It bothers them to have
their loved one buried at the cemetery with no marker.
In the case of a tragic loss, the process of picking out a
stone can be very difficult to even start.So the family will wait a month or two so that they can
begin to heal.Sometimes it takes
In either case, at Provost Monuments you will always be treated with respect and compassion.We will spend as much time as you need to choose a fitting
memorial for your loved one.Or,
if you choose, we will leave you alone, you can walk around our display and
decide what you would like without any guidance.
Very often families will tell us that we made the process
much less difficult than they thought it was going to be.
information should I bring with me?
If not easily recalled, proper spelling of names and the
dates of birth and death should be written down.
Cemetery lot information is helpful, the number of graves in
your family lot as well as where loved ones are buried. If picking out a family stone, some
thought of where on the lot you will want the memorial placed. Will it be centered on the entire lot
or maybe set just for one or two specific graves? If you bring a basic layout of the lot we can give you
suggestions as to what might be most meaningful to your situation.
much does a stone cost?
Individual markers start at about $250.
Family monuments start about $900.
Our policy is to make this process as easy as possible for
our customers.Our prices are
clearly marked and in most cases the price includes engraving and setting on
Because we are engraving a name into a piece of granite we
do require a 50% deposit before we start engraving. We offer many different payment options, please give us a
call if you would like to know more.
Q: How do you clean a monument or marker?
Both monuments and markers need to be
The granite that we use
today is much harder than the marble and slate
years ago.In most cases, with a
cleaning, granite will return to its original
beauty.If given a good bath each year with
Comet, a stiff (not wire) brush and a lot of
water, they will stay clean
The example photo to the right needed a
professional cleaning.We use a chemical
product designed specifically for granite and a
pressure washer.We can not, however, sell this
to the public.
For those of you that would like to clean your memorials we
offer the following suggestions.Please read all instructions and follow them carefully.
1:It is best
to do this on a cloudy or even drizzly day.DO NOT attempt to clean any memorial in the hot sun.
safety equipment, rubber gloves, long sleeve shirt and long pants & safety
attempt to clean any stone that is not securely set and do not ever use a
monument to steady yourself or pull yourself up.
plastic putty knife to scrape away any heavy moss or likens.
saturate the stone with Clorox bleach starting at the bottom and working up to
the top.Let the Clorox soak in
reapplying as needed to keep the stone continuously wet for about ten minutes.
scrubbing the dirty areas applying more bleach when needed to keep the entire
stone wet.Scrub until all areas
rinsing with clean water scrubbing all the while to dilute the Clorox that has
saturated into the stone.You will
need at least 10 gallons of water for an average size monument; more is
better.Continue rinsing until all
bleach is gone.This process works
on white marble but the rinsing step is even more important as any bleach left
on the marble can discolor it.
note; this process will ruin your clothes and kill the grass and plants
around your stone.We actually
remove and replant flowers that are right next to the stones we clean.
Lastly, Provost Monuments, Inc. is not responsible for any
damage or injury that this process may cause, whether to the memorial or to the
person or persons attempting it.
If this all seems like a lot of work, we will be happy to
give you a quote for a professional cleaning.
Frequently Asked Questions
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