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Headstone Installation: What You Need to Know

Published: March 6, 2023
by Welch Funeral Home

When dealing with the loss of a loved one, you will have several things to address. Other than their final arrangements and selecting the headstone, you will also need to have the headstone installed. There are a few considerations you will need to keep in mind in this process as there are forms and other documents you may need. To help you make sense of it all, directors of funeral homes in Hallsville, TX. have these tips.

Make Sure You Have a Current Copy of the Cemetery’s Policies

Having a current headstone policy from the cemetery is something you should have before you begin shopping for headstones. This is because many cemeteries have certain specifications on what is, and what is not, allowed. For example, some cemeteries may not allow certain materials of headstones such as marble or granite. Some materials have rules on what can be carved into the headstone or what overall shape the headstone can be.

Contact the cemetery directly where you have your plot and obtain these rules. If anything is unclear, call and talk with the cemetery director directly to ensure you have a full understanding of all rules.

Important Documents You Will Need

There are many documents that cemeteries may require for the installation of the headstone. While every cemetery is different, most will need the following papers:

- Setting forms

- Concrete border release forms

- Marker authorization form

- Photo release form

Having these documents prepared and organized when you meet with the cemetery will help ensure the installation process runs as smoothly as possible. Note that depending on the headstone provider you may need additional forms. However, this is a good list to help you get started.

Always Ask About the Headstone Warranty

Many people may not be aware of the fact that often times headstones will come with their own warranty. This is important so that if the headstone is damaged or becomes damaged you will know what is covered. Always ask about the warranty and make sure you fully understand it. Also it is a good idea to make sure you have the warranty in writing and kept in a safe place where you know where it is in the future if need be.

Understanding the Setting Fee

You will need to be aware that there will most likely be a setting fee. Also called a placement fee, this expense covers the placement of the headstone as well as grounds maintenance and perpetual care. It is important to ask about this fee and know the exact cost so that you can better allocate your overall budget.

Final Thoughts

While every cemetery is different and may have their own rules, the above tips should help you get the process going. When you talk to funeral homes in Hallsville, TX. they can provide you more information about the specific cemetery and headstone you are considering. Just make sure that you understand everything fully, ask enough questions that you feel comfortable and confident, and have important polices and warranties in writing. So if you need help or would like to get more information about our pre-arrangements, you can contact us today.

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