Five Steps to Designing Your Monument

Purchasing a headstone or monument is a personal and emotional matter. The headstone you choose will likely remain with the deceased for the rest of time, so it is an important decision that sometimes takes days, weeks, or even months to finalize, depending on the complexity and design of your project.

There are generally five factors you will need to consider when designing a monument, and each one is as important as the next:

Style

There are four general styles used by monument design companies: flush, bevel, slant, and upright. If none of these four styles are to your liking, Missouri River Monument also offers a range of alternative styles that might be appealing, including bench and cremation designs.

Bevel Markers

Bevel marker memorials sit raised above the ground, but they are still flat and usually must be read within 5-10 feet of the marker. These above ground headstones are typically easier to see than flush markers and will stay clean longer due to their raised nature. These markers can also be cored for cremated remains, making them a preferable option for families who opt for cremation instead of a burial.

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Bronze Markers

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Carved Sculpture Monuments

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Cremation Monuments

If you are planning on going to cremation route, cremation monuments can provide a solution that is equally safe and beautiful. The design of all cremation monuments will protect the remains in a permanently sealed unit while still offering a luxurious space for above ground writings.

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Slant Markers

Slant markers offer more space for information than flat, flush, or bevel stones, making them an ideal solution for those who wish to write in larger fonts. Bronze plaques can also be attached to the backs of these headstones, which can provide family details or military services. These types of headstones can also be seen at a great distance, and they tend to stay cleaner than flush and bevel markers since they sit so high above the ground. Slant markers can also be placed on a base, which provides additional height, visibility, and protection from a groundskeeper’s tools. Like bevel markers, slant markers can also be cored for cremation.

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Special Shape Upright

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Traditional Upright Monuments

Upright headstones are some of the most intricate and ornate of any monument you’ll find in a cemetery. Upright monuments can be seen from great distances, thanks to their unmatched height and detail. While these headstones share all the same qualities as slant markers, they can also be shaped into an endless number of custom shapes, further personalizing their design to fit the individual they’ve been made for.

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Missouri River Monument also offers a variety of shapes that can truly make your style one of a kind. Some of these variations include:

  • French curve
  • Standard Serp
  • Straight (flat-top)
  • Oval top
  • Bevel top
  • Roof/Gable top
  • Offset roof top
  • Gothic top