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Things to Consider When Looking for a Headstone


Things to Consider When Looking for a Headstone

A headstone is something that most people never think about and rarely shop for. When you begin shopping for a headstone, there are several key elements to keep in mind. These include the cemetery’s headstone rules, the headstone’s shape and size, the setting, and much more. The following are some tips from professionals at Polchinski Memorials, Inc. on important things to consider before purchasing a headstone:

Cemetery’s headstone rules

Obtain a copy of the cemetery’s rules and regulations to see if the cemetery requires a specific type of headstone. It is important to know beforehand what the cemetery allows, so that you do not waste your time and energy looking for a headstone that will simply not be allowed.

How many people will it memorialize?

It is good to know ahead of time if the headstone will be for used for one person or for two. If you are thinking of memorializing more than two people on the same stone, it is important that you specify your requirements to the headstone company representative.

An idea of the other headstones in the cemetery

Most families go in for headstones of the same size, shape, and color as the other headstones in the cemetery. However, there are some who prefer something that will stand out from the others. It is important to know the general size and color of other headstones available in the cemetery so that you can begin thinking about the type of headstone you want.

Consider the shape and size

Consider the shape and size of the headstone. The prices vary based on the size and type of a headstone. If you are not concerned about cost, you can find a headstone in just about any shape and size.

Whether you would want to include an epitaph

Decide whether you would want to put an epitaph on the headstone. An epitaph is a saying that comes to mind when you think of a loved one. Popular epitaphs include Bible verses, proverbs, song lyrics, and personal sayings. They are optional but look nice.

Whether you would want to post a genealogy

Some families choose to have a brief genealogy inscribed at the back of their loved one’s headstone. This is done to identify who a person’s spouse, child or grandchildren are. If you would like to have a genealogy inscribed on your loved one’s headstone for posterity, gather the names of those whom you wish to include.

Contact Polchinski Memorials, Inc. for Headstones

Polchinski Memorials, Inc. is a premier monument company in Hawthorne, NY. We offer the finest headstones available. To design a headstone for your loved one, you can call us at 914-984-4198 or email at


Custom Designed Double Monuments in Westchester


Custom Designed Double Monuments in Westchester

Double monuments or companion monuments are those made in honor of two or more people. They create a beautiful way to memorialize loved ones. One headstone marks two or more burial plots adjacent to each other. These memorials may be for a couple, siblings or combination of people. Polchinski Memorials, Inc. in Westchester NY, can custom design and help you create a beautiful memorial to honor your loved ones.

Stone Material

We can help you choose the type of stone to use which includes granite, marble and others. Many monuments are made from granite because of its durability, density, climate tolerance, its affordable price and availability in a wide range of colors.

Monument Styles

Monuments may be created in the following styles depending on the rules and regulations of the cemetery:

Flush monument:
The monument is set flat and rests at the head of the gravesite.

Bevel monument:
Monuments that are slightly high above the ground, no taller than 12 inches and have a 2-inch slope.

Slant style monument:
A slant monument has a smooth back and slanted face which can be carved and lettered. They may be 16 or so inches high and stand above the ground with the front sloping at about a 45-degree angle.

Upright monument:
This consists of a top piece called a die and a bottom piece called a base. It provides a family with the maximum surface area to create a personalized tribute.

Enhance Your Monument

With a wide variety of double monument shapes, sizes and colors, we are able to guide you in finding the perfect monument for your needs. You can make cherished photos of your loved one into porcelain photographs and enhance the beauty and uniqueness of your double monument further. It can include lettering or emblems of your choice.

Contact Polchinski Memorials, Inc.

Polchinski Memorials, Inc., an Independent Authorized Rock of Ages Retailer, is a premiere monument and memorial company located in Westchester, NY. We can custom design and create monuments per your specifications. Our pricing is flexible but our quality is not. Give us a call at 914-984-4198 or email