Helpful information ...
Hollisters Monument understands that selecting a monument is
something you have not done before or have not done many times and
we want to arm you with as much knowledge as possible for such a
permanent purchase no matter where you buy from. Please visit our
shop or call us at (918) 341-1566 to learn more about selecting a
This is becoming a very popular choice but what I have found is
families still need a place to pay their respects. Many
cemeteries will allow 2 or more cremations in a single grave which
helps cut the cost and you still can memorialize in a traditional
manner at the cemetery. Many churches and cemeteries now have
columbarium’s as well. If that is not your preference you
might appreciate a garden marker, bench, urns, natural rock, plaques
or whatever your imagination can come up with (give us a call and we
will help you imagine).
before death or Pre-need
If at all possible purchasing your monument or maker before
a death occurs will save a lot of unneeded suffering and
frustrations on the loved ones left behind. Another advantage
of preplanning is you get to pick out what you want and chances are
it will be less expensive now than later. If you choose to
purchase ahead of time the only cost would be the addition of the
death date to the memorial and this is a minimal expense.
How soon after a
burial should I purchase a memorial?
Probably the most important piece of information I could give you
on this page is to take your time and buy the memorial when YOU are
ready; do not let anybody push you into buying now. This is a
very important purchase that will be a permanent representation of
the person or people it is for. With that said, 3 to 6 months
is what a lot of the cemetery sextons say. It’s all based on
how much rain we get. The more rain, the quicker the grave will
settle. In most cases a grave is 10ft long. 8ft is for the
burial and 2ft is left for the memorial. Ideally, a monument should
not be set on disturbed ground anyway, but this is not always the
case. If a monument or marker is set by us and it gets off
level you can be assured that Hollisters Monument will level it back
up if it becomes unlevel at no charge when we are in that cemetery
Value Versus Cost
When pricing a monument or marker be very careful that you are
comparing apples to apples. A couple of inches makes a big
difference in price. A different size or style of vase will be a
different price. Or say you’re interested in red granite; well,
different reds colors are different prices. Something else
that happens is the same color granites name can vary from one place
to another. When pricing monuments, be sure to ask for exact
sizes, finishes and so on. Just because you find the memorial
you want for less from Company A doesn’t mean it’s the best VALUE.
You as the purchaser have to decide who is giving you the best
value. Remember this is the last thing you can do for that
special somebody or yourself so take your time and don’t be afraid
to ask questions. If you don’t think the person waiting on you
seems knowledgeable or doesn’t seem willing to get the answers to
your questions be cautious.
In this day and age personalizing a memorial has become very
common and here at Hollisters Monument Co. we have always encouraged
our customers to make the memorial their own. It usually does not
cost any more to add personalization to a standard memorial. If you
really want something unique we can sit down and design a memorial
from the ground up. You can also see many custom designs on our full
monument display located at our shop.
What are monuments made of?
Most of the monuments and markers we design and produce are made
of granite. There are many colors of granite to choose from.
to view some of the most common
colors. We also offer bronze markers which is a noncorrosive
metal. Marble is not used as much as in years past because it
is much softer than granite and will deteriorate much faster than
granite. A granite monument will last for centuries.
How long does it take to make a
Our company works on about an 8 week time frame from start to
finish. We will always try to work with the family to complete
their memorial by a certain time frame if need be. On custom
memorials it can sometimes take longer but it is well worth the wait
if that is what a family wants to memorialize their loved one(s).
Flat granite markers are the least expensive style, with bevel
and slant markers being next on the pricing ladder. Closer to the
top of the ladder are slants on bases as well as upright monuments.
Special shapes and custom memorials are usually at the top of the
pricing ladder. The color of the granite makes a big
difference. Each color of granite is a different price. Georgia Gray
and Desert Rose are on the lower side of the pricing scale. Colors
like Missouri Red or Chapel Rose are on the upper end of the scale
with China black just under those. Other things to consider that are
extra on top of a standard monument are porcelain pictures, flower
vases, hand or laser etching, design and lettering on the back side
of monuments, cemetery fees, gold leafing, and so on. Please
feel free to give us a call and we will give you a current price
without any pressure on whatever you are interested in.
How do I pay for the memorial?
We require half down at time of purchase if buying directly from
our shop and office. The final half is due upon completion of your
memorial. We accept cash, personal check, Visa and MasterCard.
If you need help with payments we are always willing to work out a
payment plan. We know how important it is to memorialize and
we want to help you anyway possible.
What if I have more questions?
Please give us a call or come by our full production facility and
we will answer all your questions as well as try to educate you
about your memorial purchase. We understand and hope that this
is something you have not done or not done many times and we want to
arm you with as much knowledge as possible for such a permanent
purchase no matter where you buy from.
Can I match another memorial at
Yes you can in most cases. It is no problem to match
designs and styles of existing monuments and markers. The only
problem that you might incur is matching the color. Over the years
certain granite colors have come and gone, but most colors can
easily be matched. If you are not sure of the color, size,
etc. we can visit the cemetery and check the specifications for you.
If you’re able to take measurements and supply us a picture of the
memorial we can usually tell what you need via the internet, mail or
a visit in the office.
What if I have an existing stone
that needs lettered?
We have portable equipment for adding final dates and additional
lettering, pictures, etc. If there is a lot that needs to be
added to an existing monument we will sometimes pick those up and
bring to the shop to complete.
What if I have
something special I want on the memorial?
That is no problem. Unique and personal monuments are our
specialty. You can pick from our extensive art gallery or if what
you want is not there we will use your pictures, ideas, drawings or
designs and recreate them on the memorial for you. If you have
an important verse or saying we will incorporate that as well
provided there is enough space. A memorial is a blank canvas
to which we apply that person or those people’s life story.
Can I install
the memorial myself?
Many people will pick up smaller markers and monuments and
install them themselves but for larger memorials I would recommend
letting the monument company do the installation. If you
install the memorial you can usually save a little money but it may
not be worth the hassle or the risk of damaging the memorial in
transit or placement. In addition, some cemeteries will not
allow the family to install the memorials themselves. We have
equipment for installing memorials. For a larger monument it’s
really worth the extra expense to have a professional installation.
How is a memorial
For this go to the “How it’s
Made” page on this website and it gives you the basic rundown on
where granite comes from and how your monument gets to the cemetery.
We are always happy to give you a tour of our shop as well so come
by and visit us. Click here to
see How it’s Made.
What is the
guarantee and permanency of a memorial?
All our memorials are guaranteed against any cracking or
deterioration as well as craftsmanship. The only part of a memorial
that is not permanent is the paint or Lithochrome that is used to
enhance the designs and lettering, so we take great strives to make
sure the lettering and design are sandblasted and prepared in the
best way possible for legibility once the paint has come out.
In some cases we will avoid using paint altogether. A granite
monument will last for hundreds of years.
How small or big of a memorial can you
There is no memorial to small or big; we can make the smallest
pet marker to the largest civic memorial or mausoleum. Bring
us your ideas and we will work with you to create your vision.
These are thoughts, opinions and comments by Kory Hollister, Owner Hollisters Monument Co.