Slideshow – The Advantages of a Mausoleum

Burial in a mausoleum was traditionally the choice of royalty and the rich. However, it has become a much more common choice these days. It attracts people who dislike the idea of being buried in the ground and prefer burial in an environment protected from the elements.

This slideshow explains the benefits of constructing a mausoleum. If you are looking for a mausoleum building company, contact Polchinski Memorials, Inc. Our mausoleums are designed, engineered and constructed by Rock of Ages, with full perpetual warranties that protect you, your heirs and the cemetery. Call 914-984-4198.

The Advantages of a Mausoleum

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The Benefits of a Mausoleum


A mausoleum is an external, free-standing building. It is constructed as a monument enclosing the burial chamber of a deceased person or people. Burial in a mausoleum has traditionally been the choice of royalty and the rich. However, it has now become a popular choice. The idea is attractive to people who are uncomfortable with the idea of being buried in the ground and prefer burial in an environment protected from the elements. Below are some benefits of constructing a mausoleum:

  • It is cleaner and dryer than a traditional underground burial.
  • It is a good option for people who do not want to be cremated, or who are uncomfortable with the idea of being buried underground.
  • It reduces the amount of land that is used for a burial, making it more ecologically friendly than an underground burial.
  • It allows people to visit their loved ones any time of the year because the crypts are protected from inclement weather, unlike traditional graves in a cemetery.
  • There is an option to add appropriate background music and convenient benches for visitors to sit comfortably and reflect about their loved ones.
  • It is an opportunity to purchase a family mausoleum where all members of the family can be entombed together. It makes the option of entombment cost effective.
  • Extreme weather conditions and lack of proper equipment may make burial difficult in some areas. There problems are eliminated if you choose a mausoleum.
  • Only when the entire fabrication and construction of a mausoleum is of 100% premium grade granite will its beauty and construction last for generations to come.

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A Short Story On Cemetery Monuments

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A Short Story on Cemetery Monuments

The hardest time in our lives is when we have to say a final goodbye to our loved ones. It is the hardest to accept and the most painful to experience. At the same, we want to bid them farewell in the way we believe they deserve. For centuries, people have used many different forms to mark the graves of their loved ones.

One of the best ways to memorialize their lives is to build a monument on their graves in the form of a gravestones head stone, grave marker or tombstone. In earlier times, folklore tells us that this was done so that the dead would not escape from their graves. Today we do it to honor the dead and remember them for many years to come.

In earlier days, people were buried on their own private property. These graves were marked by rough stones, rocks or wood. The deceased’s name, age and year of death were written on the grave. The inscriptions carved on these slates were shallow yet readable and made it possible to trace back their lineage.

Public cemeteries evolved in the nineteenth century. At this point, people started placing more importance on monuments, and began engraving them with small epitaphs or a few words about the deceased.

In the 18th century, graves were covered by iron cages. This practice was short lived and died out by the end of the Victorian era.

In the Victorian era, a greater emphasis was placed on customs and practices associated with death. This paved the way for more elaborate monuments. Today, we see cemeteries that look more like a park, with lavishly decorated and sculptured designs, artwork and symbols as monuments for the graves. These sculptures symbolize various aspects of the person’s life, including their religious beliefs and social standing.

Cemetery monuments are a beautiful and loving way to remember our loved ones. You can customize them in exactly the way you want to remember them. It might be something that would remind you of the life you shared together or something that you would want the world to know and remember.

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Polchinski Memorials, Inc.has been honoring lives since 1883. We display the finest craftsmanship and use the highest quality materials in building our cemetery monuments. 125 years of experience, commitment and a caring relationship with our families has made us better equipped to provide superior service. To know more, please call us at 914-984-4198

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

Different Cemetery Monument Finishes

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A cemetery monument can help to commemorate the life of your loved one with a tribute that is fitting to his/her life and personality. Once you have selected an appropriate style and design for the monument, you can decide on the type of finish you wish to have. Choosing the right type of finish is important as it will ensure long term durability and also add to the aesthetics of the monument.

There are different types of cemetery memorial finishes available. These include:

Polished monuments are smooth and shiny. However, they require regular cleaning and maintenance. Their reflective surface can make them stand out.

Partly-polished monuments are polished on the inscription and base area. This highlights the epitaph and other images if any. The other areas are sawn, sanded, blasted or rubbed.

Honed finishes are smooth, but unreflective. This effect is achieved by using dust to partially remove the polish. A honed finish adds depth to the colors on the monument and is often used on stones that have three or more colors. They are very durable and require minimal cleaning and maintenance.

A pitched or rock pitch finish is created using a bolster and hammer. It gives the monument a very rustic look which makes it blend in with older surroundings.

Base Finishes
Base finish can make the monument table stand out and create a different look. The base is often polished and is used to inscribe names, dates and an epitaph.

Contact Polchinski Memorials, Inc. for Monuments, Westchester

For more than 125 years, Polchinski Memorials, Inc. has been helping families create highly personalized family memorials, monuments, headstones and mausoleums that are a true reflection of a life well lived. To erect a cemetery monument for your loved one, you can call us at 914-984-4198 or email at

Advice on How to Choose an Epitaph

The most difficult time in a person’s life concerns the death of a family member or friend. It may be experienced on numerous occasions during their lifetime but this doesn’t make the loss any easier. However, dealing effectively and positively with grief caused by these types of losses is essential to the recovery process. The most burdensome part of the whole mourning process may be preparing for a funeral service. Once a loved one has been put to rest the final step of the process is choosing a tombstone or grave marker to identify the grave.

The choice of a stone for the grave is also an opportunity to commemorate a loved one with a significant inscription. An epitaph can highlight personality traits or accomplishments in life, and is a meaningful way to give respect to the deceased. Often times people choose to write an epitaph using a piece of prose, a bible verse, or accomplishments. The purpose of an epitaph is to praise the virtues of your deceased loved one.

Below is advice on how to choose an epitaph:

  • Less is more—on a monument or headstone you will be limited to a few lines. It is important to be concise when trying to sum up a person’s life.
  • Choose wisely—the best epitaphs are timeless and not overly sentimental. It is best to choose an epitaph when emotions have settled down, so you can think clearly.
  • Pick a voice—often, someone is speaking in first person (a relative, a friend; the deceased).
  • Who does it speak to—consider whether you want the epitaph to speak directly to someone, maybe a passerby or the loved one him/herself.

Epitaphs allow us to remember our loved ones in a way we never thought possible. A few sentimental words that describe how a person lived his/her life can give us the strength and courage to move on.

If someone close to you has passed away and you are looking for a monument, come to Polchinski Memorials, Inc. The professionals on our team are sensitive and skilled in working with families who need expert assistance during this difficult purchase. We would very much appreciate the opportunity to earn your trust and serve your needs.

3 New Trends in Modern Mausoleum Construction

A mausoleum is an external free-standing building that is constructed as a monument to enclose the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. When people think about a mausoleum, they picture a dilapidated building in a mystical Gothic style—the kind of building found in a tourist brochure. While there is plenty to appreciate about the style of old and historically significant mausoleums, and some people may prefer modern mausoleums, the mausoleums built today offer a wider array of options than ever before.

The following are the three trends of modern mausoleums that reflect individuality, social responsibility and luxury, even in death.

Mausoleums with Modern Art and Architecture

Many Mausoleums built today are indistinguishable from other modern buildings. These mausoleums look like art museums or even installations with clean lines and minimalist designs.

Customization and Personalization

Mausoleums built in the past were solemn and stone-cold structures. However, in today’s day and age people want customized and personalized mausoleums. Many families prefer a private mausoleum instead of a public mausoleum because of the option of customization. In a customized and personalized mausoleum, the interior as well as its exterior, are constructed to reflect the tastes of the deceased and his or her family.

Eco-conscious Mausoleums

Funerals and cremations are becoming more eco-friendly, which means mausoleums will as well. Even though mausoleums require construction, designers are exploring new ways to make them more eco-friendly. One way to create a eco-friendly mausoleum is by constructing an “open-air” mausoleum, or a gazebo-like structure in a park or garden. Mausoleums can also be used as a renewable energy source.

Contact Polchinski for Modern Mausoleum Construction

To get a modern mausoleum constructed for your loved one, contact Polchinski Memorials, Inc. today. Our buildings are designed, engineered and constructed by Rock of Ages, with full perpetual warranties that protect you, your heir(s) and the cemetery.  This is the strongest warranty available anywhere. You can give us a call at (914) 984-4198/ (203) 413-1345 or email: