5 things you should know before you choose a monument.

Step 1.
Selecting the style of your monument.

Generally speaking, the basic styles of monuments consist of the following: Flush, Bevel, Slant, and Upright Monuments. There are alternative styles also. These include: Bench, Boulder and Cremation Memorials. Photos and descriptions of each style can be found below.

Flush Marker

FLUSH STYLE monument Benefits:

  • The cemetery has a consistent appearance.
  • Flush markers make it easier to mow grass.

  • Lawnmowers may run over flowers, vases, or personal items left at the grave
  • Markers overgrow with grass just like a driveway or sidewalk
  • You need to be standing over it to read it, making it difficult to find a grave

Bevel Marker

Bevel Style Monuments Benefits:

  • Above ground and easier to see than flush markers
  • Slight slope to top makes it easier to read and will stay clean longer than a flat marker
  • If  8” or taller they can be cored to receive cremated remains

  • You still need to be within 5 to 10  feet to read the marker making it hard to find.

Slant on Base

Slant on Base Style Monuments

Shown with Base, this is an optional feature


  • Larger design area allows for more information and bigger letters
  • Can be read from a greater distance. Stays much cleaner than flush or bevel markers
  • A Veteran’s bronze service plaque can be attached to the back
  • By adding a base (as shown on left) you get extra height for visibility and lawnmower protection
  • A base at least 8″ in height can be cored to receive cremated remains

  • While the family name, children’s names, or other information can be placed on the back it may limit the ability of mounting the Veteran’s bronze plaque
  • Without a base a lawnmower can chip the lower face if sexton is not careful

Upright Monument

Upright Style Monuments Benefits:

  • Easiest to find in the cemetery
  • Largest design area available
  • Can easily be shaped in a wide variety of custom shapes, like a heart, tear drop, car, horse, etc.
  • Stays clean longer than other styles
  • Base of monument protects from mower damage
  • Can be cored to receive cremated remains
  • Can be read from a distance
  • Offers lots of room on back for design, lettering and mounting a Veteran’s bronze plaque if family desires

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Bench Memorial

Bench Style Monuments Benefits:

  • Provide a place for people to sit and find solace while visiting cemetery
  • Unique style and shape makes memorial easier to find among traditional memorials
  • Some styles of benches can be cored to receive cremated remains like the one pictured above

  • Depending on type and size of bench it may not be as easy to read the lettering
  • A bench may limit the size of design and amount of information that can be placed on it

Boulder Memorial

Boulder Style Benefits:

  • Rustic style blends in with older areas of your cemetery
  • Unique style makes them easy to find
  • Can be cored to receive cremated remains

  • Not all boulders are smooth enough to engrave.  Fabricated granite boulders with a flat bottom, supplied by a monument company, are recommended
  • Cemetery regulations are more often an issue than standard memorials
  • Over time a seam crack is more likely to appear; a flaw not always evident at time of engraving

Cremation Monument

Cremation Style Monuments Benefits:

  • Permanently houses cremains in a sealed, dry, above ground natural unit
  • Allows grave space to be used for standard interment
  • Provides a permanent, historical, remembrance spot

  • Cemetery regulations may dictate use and determine how many cremains may be placed in memorial

Now before you land on a particular style of memorial, keep in mind that certain cemeteries do have regulations and criteria in place that strictly specify the monument styles allowed on their property. (If you’re unsure, just give us a call.)

Note that adaptions can be made to any monument styles for greater personalization.

Go to Step 2: Size

Better Business Bureau
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Funeral Directors Association
Indiana Funeral Director's Association
Monument Builders of North America