This may sound strange, but when it comes to cemeteries, one size doesn’t fit all. Each cemetery has its own rules concerning the type of memorials allowed.
“Some require concrete only foundations and some require granite only foundations,” says Lasting Touch Memorial Memorials owner, Tony Ward. Cemeteries are so picky as to dictate what type of flower vases can be used on the premises.
There are reasons for the different regulations. Some of it has to do with local code. However, the biggest reasons are upkeep and aesthetics. Private cemeteries tend to favor flat grass markers because they’re easier to mow around than a statue.
Knowing these details in advance is important because they can impact the type of monument you choose for your loved one and possibly even where he or she will be buried.
Ward tells me the story of a family whose grandmother was buried at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way. “The family chose a nice upright and I asked them if the cemetery allowed it.” The family said yes but Ward double checked just to be sure. Turns out the grandmother’s grave sat on the border. The plots next to hers could have uprights but she couldn’t.
Fortunately, Ward has a good relationship with cemeteries in the area. He’s also been in the business for more than 25 years so he knows most of this stuff by heart. Still, it’s a good idea to find out the rules and regulations for the cemetery where you or your loved one are going to be placed.
If you have questions about picking a memorial call Tony Ward at 360-458-9070 or visit the Lasting Touch website by following the link.