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 finally had time today to see the new monument. Oh my goodness, it took my breath away when I saw it! It’s gorgeous! I love the engraving Dad chose. It’s a real one of a kind! I don’t think I’ve seen any others like it. As I walked across the cemetery towards Mom’s grave, the monument just jumped out at me! It’s beautiful!! The artificial roses in the vase are a lovely touch as well, complete with matching ribbon. You have no idea how happy it made me to see all that, and to finally have closure with having everything in place at the cemetery. I eyed the alignment of the monument with the edge of the sidewalk type concrete pad it’s on, and saw with satisfaction that it is perfectly straight on the pad. Someone has a real eye for detail. Thank you again for your help, patience and professionalism! God bless you both as you help ease the pain of loss in people’s lives."
- Sheree & Family