FAQ

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.

1) Where can I purchase a monument or marker for my loved one?

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.

2) When can I purchase a memorial for my loved one? 

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.

3) What is the typical price for a headstone?

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.

4) If we choose cremation can I still buy a memorial?

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.

5) I have never had to purchase a monument, where do I start?

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.

6) We have a monument but I need to have Mom’s date added, how do I get this done?

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.

7) How are headstones made?

We invite you to watch this short video that shows how we make granite memorials.

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