Headstones and Monuments Cemetery Regulations & Your Rights as A Consumer
With books like the “High Cost of Dying” and television news reports exposing the huge price mark-ups of the funeral industry, many consumers have learned that a little comparison shopping for caskets and headstones may save them thousands of dollars when planning a funeral.
By law, all cemeteries must accept a headstone purchased from an outside source. They may, however, have some regulations on the size, style and color of the stone.
At MonumentsInStone, we will help get you a written confirmation that the memorial we create will meet your local cemetery’s requirements by providing you with a scaled drawing with specs and measurements.
Remember to factor in permit and applications costs. All outside markers will probably require a fee for installation and foundation.
Consumers must contact their cemetery about their rules and regulations before submitting the signed drawing for a headstone order. This will save you any costly mistakes. Please ask your cemetery the following questions and then get their regulations in writing:
1) Size: Is there a minimum and/or maximum restriction on the dimensions of the stone?
2) Type: What types of memorial headstone are allowed – Upright monuments, flat plaques, beveled markers, infant memorials, double interment or companions stones?
3) Vases: Are vases permitted ones inside the cemetery?
4) Stone Color: Are there any granite and/or bronze color restrictions?
5) Delivery & Installation: What are the procedures for delivery and installation of the memorial headstone? Is a fee levied for installation? Remember your rights. If the cemetery pressures you into buying a headstone from their expensive stock, you can take action with your local, government consumer agency.
Interstate Memorial Services, Inc.
Headstone Grave Marker, and Monument Dealer
722 Conley Road
Forest Park, Georgia 30297