Grave Marker, Foot stone, Headstone, Flush marker. There are many different names for this type of stone, but they all have one thing in common, they lay flush to the ground. Typically, this type of stone is set into the sod with no foundation.
Grave markers come in many different sizes and shapes. Standard sizes of grave markers are 18 inches by 10 inches or 24 inches by 12 inches. On an 18×10 grave marker there is room to inscribe a full name, birth date, death date and a small design. There is enough room on a 24×12 grave marker to place 2 full names, birth dates, and death dates.
If your lot has stones on it already, think about if you would like to match the existing stones. This can mean duplicating the dimensions, color, font, or simply finding something that will compliment what is already there. It would be to your advantage to bring in or email us a picture of the existing stone. This saves the step of contracting us to go to the cemetery to get the information, which can add to the cost of the stone. Don’t forget your measuring tape, markers look smaller in the cemetery than they do in our shop.
Often, we duplicate government issued veteran’s military markers. For example, dad was a veteran and received a marker from the VA. We can create a matching marker for mom, who was not in the military, simply omitting the branch or rank information and replacing it with relative information. We would match the size, color, polish, and font.
We will need to know the cemetery location and lot number. Try to familiarize yourself with the lot location for providing directions. This is another instance that those photos will come in handy! Another important detail would be to speak with the caretaker of the cemetery. Typically your town office will have their contact information. Every cemetery has their own rules and regulations. These regulations can determine what you will be allowed to put on your lot.
Turn around time for a flush marker is approximately 4-6 weeks from time of order, to setting in the cemetery.