What You Need to Know About Making Additions To An Existing Memorial

What You Need to Know About Making Additions To An Existing Memorial

A headstone or a memorial is a way to eternalize the deceased. This is why many people try their best to make the memorial of their loved ones special by adding meaningful elements.

However, it is very much possible that you were either not in the right state of mind at the time of the funeral or you were unable to design a headstone that was special enough due to budget problems.

Nevertheless, this is not something to worry about. You can easily add new elements to your loved one’s headstone or get it restored if it has been affected by the weather. If you are looking for cemetery stone engraving in Edmonton, Summit Memorials can provide you with top-notch services such as on-site engraving, monument restoration, in-cemetery maintenance and much more.

If you want to add additional inscriptions to the monument, our team of experts can easily engrave an existing monument on the site without having to remove it. This will save you extra time and effort.

Cost Of Making An Addition To A Headstone

When you are thinking about making additions to an existing monument, the first thing that comes to mind is the required cost of the changes. However, it is almost impossible to know how much adding an inscription or new design element will cost before knowing your requirements.

The price of any addition to a monument or a headstone will depend on the types of changes you would like to make. The cost primarily depends on these factors:

  • Complexity of the design
  • The type of element (laser etching, duraphoto, etc.)
  • The size of the addition
  • The quantity of the text required
  • Complexity of the design
  • The font of the text

The Requirements Of Making An Addition To A Headstone

When you are planning to add something to an existing monument or headstone, there is some specific information that you will need to provide the company you have hired. In addition to this information, you will also need a few approvals for the process.


The approvals required to make additions to an existing headstone are from the family member or the party responsible for the grave. There should be a signed visual model that includes the correct spelling of the text that needs to be added, the design and the date of approval.

On top of this, you will have to get approval from the cemetery. Some cemeteries require additional details in the document. These might include information about the changes being made to the headstone and the personal information of the party.

Other Information

In addition to the approvals, you will have to provide the company with the following details:

  • Name of the Cemetery
  • Location of the memorial in the cemetery (Cemetery plot)
  • A recent picture of the monument
  • The wording or design you want added to the memorial

Time Taken To Make The Changes

The time taken to make these changes will entirely depend on the type of the changes you need and the availability of the experts. The first step to making changes in a headstone is taking a rub or tracing of the monument to see how large the existing lettering is, the font used and how much space there is to complete what is needed.

Some companies might ask you to take the rub tracing. In that case, it is best to use a paper larger than the stone so you can get the edges of the memorial to show the size of the monument as well.

However, know that if you are adding details like the final date, the rub tracing is not usually required.

Is There A Need To Remove The Headstone?

Almost all additions can be made in the cemetery but some may require the monument to be picked up and brought back to the monument company so it can be completed.

The main reason for this may be if the design or lettering is complex making it more difficult to do. Another reason may be if the weather is cold – if the temperature drops below a certain temperature, the lettering and design cannot be completed as the stencil will have a hard time sticking and the granite may become to fragile for sandblasting so it is brought back to a climate controlled location to have the work completed.

About Summit Memorials

Let us help you honour your loved ones in the best way possible. Our specially trained staff tries to make the toughest time of your life a little bit easier by providing high-quality memorial services and products. The headstones that our craftsmen build are the best in the business. The granite headstones we provide in Alberta and Saskatchewan are guaranteed to never wear out or crack due to normal elements and weather conditions.

At Summit Memorials, we provide our customers with premium quality and well-crafted monuments, headstones, tombstones, and grave markers. For more information about our services, visit our website or contact us here today.

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