Looking to the Past to Build a Better Future

Sculpted bronze women adorn a beautiful monument in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

  *This article originally appeared in the Monument Builders of North America’s monthly newsletter, MB Brief, in 2016   Looking to the Past to Build a Better Future: An Interview with Jim Peterson by Bran Oswalt, AICA   As a new designer in the memorial industry, I have found great knowledge in the counsel of…

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Five Things that Determine Headstone Prices

Headstone Prices

Few purchases in life are as significant as a memorial headstone.  A new car eventually gets handed down or worn out.  A house provides years of wonderful memories, but will one day be home to a different family.  A memorial is the permanent record of our short time on this earth, preserving our unique stories…

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The Memorial Planning Process

Memorial Planning Service

The memorial industry has greatly changed over the past twenty years.  The increase in computer technology has contributed to a surplus of unqualified dealers and cemeteries offering headstones through design software and mass produced catalogs.  In the same way a good word processing app doesn’t make anyone a great writer, neither does design software make…

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Monumental Myths: 5 Common Misconceptions About Memorials

Washington DC Building

Selecting a memorial is a process in which many people are unfamiliar.  We’re here to help clarify these five common myths about memorials. My loved one is cremated, so I don’t need a memorial – FALSE Increasingly, families are unsure what to do with their loved one’s ashes. Many families prefer to keep the ashes…

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Things You Need to Know When Planning a Memorial

Planning a Memorial

Remember, you’re not alone during the memorial planning process, our expertise will guide you along the way; however, there are several things that you need to know.  Names, Dates of Birth, Dates of Passing This one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how often spelling and dates are forgotten.  Be prepared and write this information…

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