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Types of Cemetery Mausoleums in NYC

A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. A mausoleum is a type of tomb or the tomb may be within the mausoleum.

There are different types of mausoleums that you can see in Kensico Memorials in Hawthorne, NY. Some of these are:

Vestibule Mausoleums: A vestibule mausoleum is a small structure, resembling a house or small ornate building with a door in the middle. This type of design can accommodate one to six family members. You can walk into a vestibule to pay your respects. In some designs, there is a shelf for flowers and mementos.

Sarcophagus Mausoleum: A sarcophagus mausoleum is made of granite and installed as above ground interment. It has no doors or windows. The roof of the sarcophagus is lifted and then the casket is placed inside before it is sealed. A sarcophagus can be single-width or double width, and stacked to multiple heights to house an entire family.

Private Estate Mausoleums: They are exclusive mausoleums specially constructed based on personal preferences such as choice of stones, custom accessories and engravings. Some people call it a family mausoleum. It is an elegant way of paying tribute to your loved ones.

Cemetery Mausoleums: It serves the same purpose as a private estate mausoleum, but the cemetery caretakers are primarily responsible for maintenance. It’s not as elaborate as a private estate mausoleum.

Polchinski Memorials in Hawthorne, NY designs mausoleums in Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven, Kensico Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Calvary, Sharon Gardens as well as many of the cemeteries in Westchester and the tri-state area.


Types of Monuments in NY

A cemetery monument is a type of structure explicitly created to commemorate a person and pay tribute to his or her life. Monuments are a tribute to your loved ones who have passed away. Many cemeteries in NY have several regulations on what type of monument and what size of monument they will allow. On the basis of cemetery regulations, your budget and your choice of monument styles, you can decide the monuments for your loved ones.

If you want to honor your dear one’s memory, then Polchinski Memorials in Westchester, NY can always help with their product, services and guidance.

There are many types and styles of monuments in Westchester, NY that you can choose from:

  • Slant Style Monuments – This style monument can be used for a grave designed for 1 or 2 burials. A slant style monument is similar to an upright monument but the slanted style helps in easy reading. They are normally low to the ground and it can be one to two feet high the polished face sloping at about a 45 degree angle. Many cemeteries have specific rules and regulations about the sizes of slant that can be used.
  • Single Monuments – The Single Monument in Westchester is a vertical tablet used to identify a single burial plot which in many cases can accommodate up to two interments. They consist of a top stone and base.
  • Double Monuments – Double monuments are designed for couples who wish to have adjoining burial sites in order to show their eternal commitment to one another.
  • Upright Monuments – Upright monuments are most commonly found in older cemeteries, and they include standing headstones and other tablets. These types of monument consist of two separate pieces: a top piece that stands upright and a base for the top to rest upon on. These monuments are made of a number of materials, including granite, marble, slate and sandstone. Some are shaped like a simple dome, but others incorporate more elaborate shapes.
  • Large Plot Sized Monuments – Large plot sized monuments are usually designed for 6 – 12 burials – sometimes more. The layout of the lettering and location of the design play a role in determining how many names will eventually fit on the entire monument
  • Flush Monuments – These lay flush with the ground. They are generally twenty-four inches by twelve inches, but can be larger or smaller depending upon cemetery requirements.
  • Bevel Monuments – These are generally six, eight, ten, or twelve inches above the ground, with the back of the stone being slightly higher than the front. This style is similar to the grass marker in that they rest upon the ground and sit above the grade. A bevel monument is similar to a slant marker, but it has a comparatively less steep angle. The back edge of such a marker is raised two to four inches higher than its front edge.
  • Obelisk- Originally, obelisks came from Egypt. Obelisks are tall, column-like monuments. They are pointed at the top and mounted on four-sided square pedestals. Sometimes the top of the obelisk can have a decoration such as a statue, pyramid or some other structure. Obelisk heights can range from very short to more than 90 inches.

Polchinski Memorials’ have a wide range of sizes and styles for monuments at a very fair price. Polchinski Memorials’ expert designers will lead you through the process of selecting the style that best suits your needs.  We will work with you step-by-step to help you select the perfect monument that fits within your budget as well as within your specific cemetery restrictions while still paying tribute to your loved one and a life well lived.

If you have any further questions or concerns or need assistance in selecting a memorial for your loved one, call Polchinski Memorials’ experts at 914-984-4198.


Monument Inscription Ideas in Westchester, NY

Losing a loved one is a devastating moment. After their death, you can design a beautiful and unique memorial, mausoleum, monument or headstone in Westchester, NY for them.

Polchinski Memorials, Inc., an Independent Authorized Rock of Ages retailer, established in 1883, is a premiere monument and memorial company located in the Westchester area in Hawthorne, NY. Polchinski Memorials has been helping families create highly personalized family memorials, monuments, headstones and mausoleums that are a true reflection of a life well lived.

Once you have decided on the design of the monument, the next task is what you want to inscribe on that monument. It is common to write the name, birth and death date along with Rest in Peace. You can write anything that honors your loved one. These phrases or epitaphs are the final word in any burial and a reflection of one’s personality traits or accomplishments in life.

Inscription is the most difficult task. If you have some idea about what to write, then we can definitely help you. If you are at a loss for words, then we can help you decide what to write.

The following are some ideas for lines or phrases you can include on your loved one’s memorial and monument in Westchester, NY:

Bible Verses: Bible verses are among the most popular sayings to put on a tombstone. For example:

“ ‘Thy remembrance shall endure into all generations.’ (Psalm 102:24)”

“ ‘I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.’ (Philippians 1:3”

There are many bible verses you can pick from that can comfort the mourners for years to come. We, at Polchinski Memorials can help you select the best verse.

Accomplishments: People, who have notable achievements and accomplishments in their life, would like to be remembered by that. Soldiers in famous battles, civil right activists and many others definitely deserve to be remembered by their noble act. You can proudly put it on their gravestone.

Poems: You can write the deceased favorite poems or lines or his/her own last words that reflect his or her philosophy. This type of personalised inscription is very unique and thoughtful in its own way. Poetry and meaningful song lyrics are often deeply personal reflections of someone’s heart.

Humorous: If the deceased had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed making people laugh, then what could be better than a humorous tribute.

With Polchinski Memorial’s Hawthorne location in Central Westchester County and strong affiliation with our community, we have been privileged to design and build monuments and mausoleums in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven, Kensico Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Calvary, Sharon Gardens as well as many of the cemeteries in Westchester and the tri-state area.