Headstones, or Monuments, are upright standing stones that come in all shapes and sizes. A traditional headstone would include a base and poured concrete foundation underneath. Rogan’s stocks many domestic and imported granite colors and granite quarried right here in Maine!
With so many options out there, we recommend you take the time to drive around local cemeteries to see what catches your eye. You should take a tape measure as stones look smaller in the cemetery than they do in our shop. A camera is also helpful to snap photos of what you are looking for.
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 complement what is already there. Don’t forget those photos and measurements!
We need to know the cemetery location and lot number. Try to familiarize yourself with the lot location for providing directions. This is another instance where photos will come in handy.
Another critical detail would be to speak with the cemetery caretaker. Typically, your town office will have their contact information. Every cemetery has its own rules and regulations that determine what you will be allowed to put on your lot.
For example, you may be limited to the size of your upright monument. You may not be allowed a monument at all and be limited to a flush stone. Other options are often available in place of a traditional monument at your cemetery, including benches and cremation options.
Once we know what you are looking for, we use our CAD program to create a to-scale design of your stone. Be sure to have the correct names and dates ready for this part of the process.
When everything is perfect, we finalize the order and get to production. Timeframes vary depending on whether the stone is in stock and some other factors. A typical timeline would be 4-6 weeks from the time of order to completion and setting it in the cemetery.
Before the stone arrives at the cemetery, we ask that you place a flag on the lot, if possible, to help us visually locate it. We contact the cemetery’s caretaker to mark the lot and inform us where the stone is to be set. In most cases, we pour a concrete foundation for upright monuments to stabilize the stone and protect against frost heaves.