When a loved one passes away, their family gathers to mourn and comfort each other. But there is also paperwork to organize, a funeral to plan and memorialization to decide upon. This process can be drawn out and complicated but thanks to Lacey’s Lasting Touch Memorials, your chosen headstone or grave marker can be in place quickly and respectfully.

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With many headstones, urns, and memorial items in stock, your family has many options to choose from. Photo credit: Kathryn Millhorn

Many people think of cemeteries and funeral homes as one-stop shops. But they outsource headstones and don’t keep any on-hand. At Lasting Touch Memorials, owner Tony Ward has many available to choose from. In fact, they’re the only retail establishment in Thurston County with a wide array of markers, urns and memorial features on site.

“Some cemeteries can take two weeks just to set completed markers,” admits Ward. At Lasting Touch Memorials, their team can quickly place stones that will stand the test of time. To do so properly the ground is carefully leveled. Then a combination of implanted rods and strong glues keep the monument from tipping—either from natural or vandalism—and prevent movement when the ground and headstone freeze in icy winters.

If your loved ones are out of state, Ward can also ship stones nationwide and internationally and will work with the cemetery to see that it’s set correctly. The same is true for items like urns, benches, vases, family markers and custom pieces. For in-stock pieces, stones can be carved and set usually within three weeks.

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Lasting Touch Memorials can have your loved one’s headstone placed securely and respectfully. Photo courtesy: Lasting Touch Memorials

Want to make things easier on your family? Ask about their pre-need policies, which allow you to make, and pay for, final decisions now. That way your loved ones know your last wishes will be fully honored, however you choose to be remembered. Look through their online gallery that includes products, colors and photos, then stop by the store at 3700 Pacific Avenue SE or give them a call at 360-458-9070.


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