You've got questions, we have the answers!
Unfortunately, when the time comes, family members are often overwhelmed with many choices and decisions. Being "Mavens" (authority) on Jewish Monuments and memorialization, we want to simplify your process by sharing our knowledge with you.
When should a monument be installed ?
The time for installing a monument is dependent on Jewish customs:
When should a monument be ordered?
Whenever one begins to think about a monument is a good time to start researching and ordering the monument.
If you have a specific unveiling date in mind contact us to see when you need to initiate the process to meet your date
There are many factors involved and initiating the order early on is better than trying to rush the process later.
Note: For a winter or spring unveiling, monuments should be ordered by fall as cemeteries generally do not install foundations in the winter.
How long does it take to install the monument?
Monument installation takes 8 – 12 weeks for most monuments or as early as 1 week for rush orders (restrictions may apply).
Depending on the season, we may need to delay installation & store the monument until the cemetery completes the foundation.
Styles and Options
What type of memorialization do I need?
There are many variables depending on the cemetery and the location within the cemetery. Simply fill out the Info Request Form. We will review your information and cemetery rules and provide you the options.
Your monument will be cemetery approved. Guaranteed.
INFO REQUEST FORM
How do I copy an existing monument for a family member interred nearby?
Simply use our Duplication form. We will send a field representative to the gravesite. Specifications will be taken of the existing headstone to assure an accurate duplicate .
We will contact you with the information.
Can you supply me with a granite base for my veteran marker?
What kind of memorial is suitable for the spouse of a veteran?
A matching marker is the most suitable memorialization for a spouse. We can duplicate the existing veteran marker whether it was cast in bronze or carved in granite.
Simply complete the DUPLICATION FORM. We will inspect the existing veteran memorial and contact you with the information
Ho do I decide if I should buy a single monument or a double monument?
Here is are the pros of each option,
- A single monument can be a tribute to the uniqueness of the individual. Single headstones generally allow for longer inscriptions. A single headstone spares the surviving spouse the awkward feeling created by the not-yet inscribed second half of the headstone. A corresponding single monument can be replicated for the spouse in the future, to match the original.
-A double monument signifies a life shared in unity. The double headstone provides peace of mind for the spouse that final arrangements for the adjacent plot have already been cared for. Creative designs can minimize much of the effect of the “half-empty” look and eliminate the ill feelings associated with a reserved double headstone.
What is a standard inscription to write on a tombstone?
Below is the standard layout:
What is a traditional Hebrew inscription for a monument?
Below is the traditional layout:
When writing a Hebrew name on a monument should I write the deceased father's or mother's name?
Below is the common rule:
What do the two Hebrew letters פ"נ on the top of a monument mean?
The two Hebrew letters stand for פה נטמן "Here Lies".
What do the five Hebrew letters תנצבה on a monument mean ?
5 Hebrew letters stand for "May his/her soul be bound in the bond of eternal life"
How do I get the second side of an existing double headstone inscribed?
Simply use our Inscription Form . We will send a field representative to the gravesite. Specifications will be taken of the existing headstone to assure an accurate duplicate inscription. We will contact you with the information.
Can you guide me with what to write on the monument?
Yes. That is one of our specialties. We can guide you to create an inscription that will express your feelings in English, Hebrew or Yiddish.
Call 800-994-3336 to speak with our knowledgeable staff.
What is an unveiling?
An unveiling is a formal dedication of a memorial. In former times family and friends may have gathered and physically installed the monument. Nowadays the memorial is installed prior to the unveiling. The stone or plaque may be veiled. Prayers are offered, words of eulogy shared and the veil is removed.
Do I need a rabbi for the unveiling service?
A rabbi is recommended but not required. A rabbi lends formality to the service and with his experience will guide the family. If one chooses to do the service themselves, they should prepare a meaningful service before arriving at the gravesite.
I am unaffiliated and would like a formal service with a rabbi. Who do I turn to?
Does a monument need to be covered for an unveiling?
An unveiling is not a traditional Jewish custom. Rather it is a modern innovation.
What type of cloth should be used for an Unveiling?
Any white cloth will do. A white table cloth is perfect as it has weight to it.
In the tombstone industry we use cheese cloth as it is the most economical material.
I am uncomfortable dealing on-line with faceless entities.
Can I order from you if I live out of state or out of country?
Yes. Regardless of where you live we can help you.
Why should I buy from you and not my funeral home?
Funeral homes are funeral specialists NOT monument specialists. JewishMonuments.Com specializes in Jewish monuments & memorials ONLY.
We provide a superior product at a better price. Contact us and we will show you how we can do better.
Why should I consider you and not my funeral home recommended dealer?
Do you handle delivery and installation of the monument or do i have to?
As Jewish monument specialists, we handle delivery and installation.
Do you only do Jewish monuments?
We also do beautiful:
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