Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Should you have any further questions regarding monuments, please contact us at no obligation for more information.
Contrary to belief, families are free to purchase a memorial from a supplier of their choice. While most funeral homes can and will assist you, you are free to purchase directly from the monument company as well. Some cemeteries will tell you that you must buy from them, however, under Canadian law you are allowed to buy from any supplier of monuments.
There really is no set time as to when to purchase a memorial; the best time is when you feel comfortable and are ready to talk about the purchase. There is still a belief that you must wait a year for the plot to settle in order to place a memorial. This is not typically true, as if the monument is placed on solid ground at the head of the plot then there is no need to wait. Some choose to purchase the memorial at the same time they are making funeral arrangements, while others prefer to deal with the purchase after the burial has taken place. Others pre-purchase the memorial and have it placed in the cemetery or in storage until the time of need. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the best time for you to purchase a memorial is when you are ready- both emotionally and financially.
This is a difficult question to answer as the cost will depend on the quality and colour of granite, the size and finish as well as the type of memorial you are looking for. We invite you to contact Summit Memorials or any of our authorized dealers to discuss your needs and obtain pricing. If you are working with a budget, please do not hesitate to advise us and no matter how large or small the job we are committed to providing excellent service to all of our families.
Yes, no matter if you choose a traditional burial or cremation the need to memorialize is still the same. We feel every life deserves to be remembered. From a traditional cemetery headstone or flat grave marker to a granite bench dedicated in honour of your loved one, there are many options available for memorializing a loved one who has been cremated. Our experienced staff or your nearest Summit representative can offer expert advice at no obligation regarding cremation memorials.
The first thing you need to know is which cemetery the monument is going into. Once you have this information, please contact our experienced staff and we can help you with the rest. Remember, no question is a silly question as most people only have to go through the experience of purchasing a memorial once in their lives. Please feel comfortable in asking questions as you want to make an informed decision and not be pressured.
Summit Memorials is able to add an inscription to an existing memorial right in the cemetery. Our experienced engravers can match any lettering no matter where the original memorial was purchased. Contact our office or a sales representative near you and we can look after completing the added inscription you require.
We invite you to watch this short video that shows how we make granite memorials.
"I wanted to thank you very much for the beautiful job you did on my late husband’s marker. It was installed in the Jarvie Cemetery in July 2016. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit the cemetery until last month.
I did receive the picture you gave Serenity Funeral Home, after installation last summer. That was very thoughtful of you and I also appreciated the fridge magnet as well, with my late husband’s picture in it. I know he would have been pleased with the final outcome. I also wanted to thank you for the artificial flowers left on his grave, after his marker was put in place. I thought that was a nice touch.
It took a number of years to afford this marker, but I’m genuinely pleased with your craftsmanship and overall workmanship. I will be glad to promote your business to anyone who might find themselves in the market for one of your products. It was a pleasure doing business with you and Serenity Funeral Home in Fort Saskatchewan."
- Carol Wingo